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ROBERT BURNS
Scottish poet
(1759 - 1796)
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And there begins a lang digression
  About the lords o' the creation.
      - The Twa Dogs [Argument]

His locked, lettered, braw brass collar,
  Shewed him the gentleman and scholar.
      - The Twa Dogs [Apparel]

Misled by Fancy's meteor-ray,
  By passion driven;
    But yet the light that led astray,
      Was light from Heaven.
      - The Vision [Light]

Green, slender, leaf-clad holly boughs
  Were twisted gracefu' round her brows,
    I took her for some Scottish Muse,
      By that same token,
        An' come to stop those reckless vows,
          Would soon be broken.
      - The Vision (duan I, st. 9) [Holly]

And like a passing thought, she fled
  In light away.
      - The Vision (last lines) [Visions]

What is life, when wanting love?
  Night without a morning;
    Love's the cloudless summer sun,
      Nature gay adorning.
      - Thine am I, my Faithful Fair [Love]

Then horn for horn they stretch and strive;
  Deil tak the hindmost, on they drive.
      - To a Haggis [Haste]

Ha! where ye gaun, ye crawlin' ferlie?
  Your impudence protects you sairly;
    I canna say but ye strunt rarely
      Owre gauze an' lace;
        Though faith! I fear ye dine but sparely
          On sic a place.
      - To a Louse [Lice]

O wad some Power the giftie gie us
  To see oursel's as ithers see us!
    It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
      An' foolish notion:
        What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us,
          An' ev'n devotion!
      - To a Louse [Appearance : Proverbs]

Oh, wad some power the giftie gie us
  To see oursel's as ithers see us!
    It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
      And foolish notion.
      - To a Louse [Vanity]

Even thou who mournst the daisy's fate,
  That fate is thine--no distant date;
    Stern Ruin's ploughshare drives, elate,
      Full on thy bloom,
        Till crushed beneath the furrow's weight
          Shall be thy doom!
      - To a Mountain Daisy [Daisies]

The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men,
  Gang aft a-gley,
    And leave us nought but grief and pain,
      For promised joy.
      - To a Mouse (st. 7) [Disappointment]

Yon rose-buds in the morning-dew,
  How pure amang the leaves sae green!
      - To Chloris [Roses]

And let us mind, faint heart ne'er wan
  A lady fair.
    Wha does the utmost that he can
      Will whyles do mair.
      - To Dr. Blackjack [Wooing]

Ayr, gurgling, kissed his pebbled shore,
  O'erhung with wild woods, thickening green;
    The fragrant birch and hawthorn hoar
      Twined amorous round the raptures scene.
      - To Mary in Heaven [Ayr River : Rivers]

Yet, all beneath the unrivall'd rose,
  The lowly daisy sweetly blows;
    Tho' large the forest's monarch throws
      His army shade,
        Yet green the juicy hawthorn grows,
          Adown the glade.
      - Vision (duan II, st. 21) [Hawthorn]

Whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad.
      - Whistle, and I'll Come to You
         (act IV, sc. 4) [Proverbs]


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