The Prayer of Holy Willie : A Canting, Hypocritical, Kirk Elder
Robert Burns wrote this famous satire on religious hypocrisy in 1785, but he did not include it in his first book Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (1786) or in any edition published in his life-time. This edition makes accessible for the first time the little locally-produced chapbook in which the poem was first printed, in 1789. The introduction discusses why the poem was written, the controversial background to the poem's first printed version, and the reasons for thinking the 1789 chapbook version was printed by John Wilson of Kilmarnock, who had printed Burns's first book three years before. An appendix gives extracts from early comments about the poem, both admiring and hostile.
- Paperback | 36 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 2.29mm | 104.33g
- 08 Jul 2015
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Robert Burns
Robert Burns (1759-1796), born in Ayrshire, Scotland, published his first book Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect in 1786, gaining immediate fame, not only in Scotland but throughout Europe and on both sides of the Atlantic. Before his death in 1796, at age 37, he had written over six hundred poems and songs, including "My luve is like a red, red rose," "Scots wha hae wi Wallace bled," and "Auld lang syne."