Burns' Select Works Volume 1

Burns' Select Works Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1820 edition. Excerpt: ... for the first time. My reception was quite to my mind: from the lady of the house, quite flattering. She sometimes hits on a couplet or two, impromptu. She repeated one or two to the admiration of all present. My suffrage, as a professional man, was expected: I for once went agonizing over the belly of my conscience. Pardon me, ye, my adored household gods--Independence of Spirit, and Integrity of Soul! In the course of conversation, Johnson's Musical Museum, a collection of Scottish songs with the music, was talked of. We got a song on the harpsichord, beginning, - Raving winds around her blowing." See Songs. The air was much admired: the lady of the house asked me whose were the words; " Mine, Madam--they are indeed my very best verses: " she took not the smallest notice of them! The old Scottish proverb says well, " king's caff is better than ither folk's corn." I was going to make a New Testament quotation about " casting pearls;" but that would be too virulent, for the lady is actually a woman of sense and taste. After all that has been said on the other side of the question, man is by no means a happy creature. I do not speak of the selected few, favoured by partial heaven; whose souls are tuned to gladness, amid riches and honours, and'prudence and wisdom. I speak of the neglected many, whose nerves, whose sinews, whose days, are sold to the minions of fortune. If I thought you had never seen it, I would transcribe for you a stanza of an old Scottish ballad, called The Life and.1ge of Man; beginning thus: " 'Twas in the sixteenth hundred year Of God and fifty-three, Frae Christ was born, that bought us dear As writings testifie." I had an old grand-uncle, with whom my mother lived awhile in her girlish years; the good old man, for...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236658213
  • 9781236658210