Burnsiana; A Collection of Literary Odds and Ends Relating to Robert Burns Volume 4-6

Burnsiana; A Collection of Literary Odds and Ends Relating to Robert Burns Volume 4-6

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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: ...his execution--proof, as Carlyle remarks, of a fibre of poetry in his savage heart. "On the wings of that poor melody his better soul would soar away above oblivion, pain, and all the ignominy and despair which, like an avalanche, was hurling him to the abyss." "The Petition of the Gray Horse" of Dunbar may well stand beside Burns's record of the long and faithful service of the auld mare, grown "Dowie, stiff, and crazy, And thy auld hide as white's a daisy." There is much of the same tender humour in both poems, heightened in the case of Dunbar's by self-identification with the Gray Horse. When the auld mare was a filly, we are told--"She set weel doun a shapely shank As e'er tread yird, And could hae flown out-owre a stank Like ony bird." The Gray Horse, when a colt, was also "i' the foremost rank "--"When I was young and into ply, And would cast gambols to the sky, I had been bocht in realms near-by, Had I consentit to be sauld." In the end the happier lot was the auld mare's--"Thinkna, my auld trusty servan', That now perhaps thou's less descrvin', And thy auld days may end in stervin'; For my last fow A heapit stimpart--I'll reserve ane Laid by for you." The Gray Horse, on the other hand, was left lamenting--"I have run lang furth in the field, On pastures that are plain and pcel'd: I micht be now ta'en in for eild. My mane is turned into white, And thereof ye have a' the wyte: When ither horse had bran to bite I gat but girse," etc. Burns's Address to "Edina, Scotia's Darling Seat," is well known. Dunbar's Address to London, the "A per se of towns," is pitched in the same lofty strain of compliment and admiration, but his address to Edinburgh...show more

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  • Paperback | 190 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 349g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123652487X
  • 9781236524874