Burnsiana; A Collection of Literary Odds and Ends Relating to Robert Burns Volume 3

Burnsiana; A Collection of Literary Odds and Ends Relating to Robert Burns Volume 3

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...and corresponded in tone to his emotion. He was a great poet because his moral perceptions were true. We find in him no trace of avarice, meanness, cynicism, dissemulation, servility or arrogance. Now and then we see an eddy of discontent and bitterness, soon obliterated by a stream of cheerful philosophy and courageous resolution. His life was, from a worldly point of view, a failure. He was born poor, he lived poor, he died in debt, leaving his widow and children destitute. After the publication of the first edit1on of his poems, he was lauded for a season, but was comparatively neglected during his later years. But he left the world a legacy whose value cannot be measured by money standards. Always poor, oftentimes sad and melancholy, still, from the right point of view, his life was in the highest degree a success. There are chords in the heart of humanity which will always respond to the touch of this virile and tender Master, this poet of natural emotion and universal sympathy. We hear occasionally a discordant note, but. it may truthfully be said that Burns is the musical voice of the universal soul in its loftiest thoughts, strongest passions, sweetest feelings. We describe this person and his external life, but how can we describe the mind that was within him? Oh, wonderful mystery of mind! The physical atom called Burns, being and moving in that nook of the Infinite labelled Scotland, had within it a soul, which drank at Nature's fountains, and after some subtle process within, poured its fluent genius into poem and song, which, like perennial springs, flow in to ennoble, and purify the soul universal. Robert Burns! On this old Earth Thou wert great mortal! From this little isthmus of Time, we stretch our hands and spirit to Thee, and...
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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236584864
  • 9781236584861