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Scottish poet
(1759 - 1796)
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Know, prudent cautious self-control
  Is wisdom's root.
      - [Proverbs]

Mark yonder pomp of costly fashion,
  Round the wealthy bride;
    But when compar'd with real passion
      Poor is all that pride,--
        What are their showy treasures?
          What are their noisy pleasures?--
            The gay, gaudy glare of vanity and art--
              The polish 'd jewels blaze
                May draw the wond'ring gaze,
                  But never, never can come near the worthy heart.
      - [Fashion]

Nae man can tether time nor tide.
      - [Proverbs]

Not the poet in the moment
  Fancy lightens on his e'e,
    Kens the pleasure, feels the rapture,
      That thy presence gies to me.
      - [Rapture]

O death! the poor man's dearest friend,
  The kindest and the best!
    Welcome the hour, my aged limbs
      Are laid with thee at rest!
      - [Death]

O doul on the day that gae me an old man.
      - [Proverbs]

O man! while in thy early years,
  How prodigal of time,
    Misspending all thy precious hours,
      Thy glorious youthful prime!
        Alternate follies take the sway;
          Licentious passions burn;
            Which tenfold force give nature's law,
              That man was made to mourn.
      - [Man]

Oppress'd with grief, oppress'd with care,
  A burden more than I can bear,
    I sit me down and sigh;
      O, life! thou art a galling load,
        Along a rough, a weary road,
          To wretches such as I.
      - [Grief]

Painters and poets have liberty to lie.
      - [Painting]

Stern Ruin's ploughshare drives elate,
  Full on thy bloom.
      - [Ruins]

Suspense is worst than disappointment.
      - [Suspense]

Tam lo'ed him like a vera brither;
  They had been fou for weeks thegither.
      - [Proverbs]

The gallant Sir Robert fought hard to the end,
  But who can with fate and quart bumpers contend?
    Though Fate said, a hero should perish ill light;
      So up rose bright Phoebus, and down fell the knight.
      - [Proverbs]

The heart aye's the part aye
  That makes us right or wrang.
      - [Heart]

The life blood streaming thro' my heart,
  Or my more dear immortal part,
    Is not more fondly dear.
      - [Proverbs]

Then crowned with flowery hay, came real joy, and summer, with his fervid-beaming eye.
      - [Summer]

They dazzle our eyes as they fly to our hearts.
      - [Charm]

Think, ye may buy the joys o'er dear,
  Remember Tam o'Shanter's mare.
      - [Proverbs]

To catch Dame Fortune's golden smile,
  Assiduous wait upon her;
    And gather gear by every wile
      That's justified by honor.
        Not for to hide it in a hedge,
          Nor for a train attendant;
            But for the glorious privilege
              Of being independent.
      - [Fortune]

To make three guineas do the work of five.
      - [Economy]

To step aside is human.
      - [Mistake]

Wee, modest, crimson-tipped flow'r,
  Thou's met me in an evil hour;
    For I maun crush amang the stoure
      Thy slender stem:
        To spare thee now is past my pow'r,
          Thou bonnie gem.
      - [Daisies]

Who made the heart, 'tis He alone,
  Decidedly can try us,
    He knows each chord--its various tone
      Each spring its various bias:
        Then at the balance let's be mute,
          We never can adjust it;
            What's done we partly may compute,
              But know not what's resisted.
      - [Heart]

Ye tiny elves, that guiltless sport,
  Like linnets in the bush,
    Ye little know the ill ye court,
      When manhood is your wish!
        The losses, the crosses,
          That active men engage;
            The fears all, the tears all,
              Of dim declining age.
      - [Boyhood]

Yestreen, when to the trembling string
  The dance gaed thro' the lighted ha',
    To thee my fancy took its wing;
      I sat, but neither heard nor saw.
      - [Proverbs]

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