The Complete Poetical and Prose Works of Robert Burns

The Complete Poetical and Prose Works of Robert Burns

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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. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ... but a mixed impulse of gratitude and esteem whispered to me that I ought to send you something by way of return. When a poet owes anything, particularly when he is indebted for good offices, the payment that, usually recurs to him--the only coin indeed in which he is probably conversant--is rhyme. Johnson sends the books by the fly, as directed, and begs me to enclose his most grateful thanks; my return I intended should have been one or two poetic bagatelles which the world have not seen, or, perhaps, for obvious reasons, cannot see. These I shall send you before I leave Edinburgh. They may make you laugh a little, which, on the whole, is no bad way ot spend ing one's precious hours and still more pre cious breath; at any rate, they will be though a small, yet a very sincere, mark of my respectful esteem for a geutleman whose farther acqua mtance I should look upon as a peculiar obligation. TO THE EARL OP GLENCAIRN. The duke's song, independent totally of nis dukeship, charms me. There is I know not what of wild happiness of thought and expression peculiarly beautiful in the old Scottish song style, of which his Grace, old venerable Skinner, the author of "Tullochgorum," &c, and the late Ross, at Lochlee, of true Scottish poetic memory, are the only modern instances that I recollect, since Ramsay, with his contemporaries, and poor Bob Fergusson, went to the world of deathless existence and truly immortal song. The mob of mankind, that many-headed beast, would laugh at so serious a speech about an old song; but as Job says, " Oh that mine adversary had written a book!" Those who think that composing a Scotch song is a trifling business, let them try. I wish my Lord Duke would pay a proper ati ention to the Christian...show more

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  • Paperback | 402 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 717g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236644948
  • 9781236644947