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CLVI. To Mrs. R*****. 4th June, 1796. Apo-

logy for not going to the birth-night
assembly,

CLVII. To Mr. CUNNINGHAM. 7th July, 1796.
Account of his illness and of his po-

verty-anticipation of his death,

CLVIII. To Mrs. BURNS.-Sea-bathing affords

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CLIX. To Mrs. DUNLOP. 12th July, 1796.

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INDEX TO THE POETRY,

IN THE ALPHABETICAL ORDER OF THE FIRST LINES.

VOL. II.

Br

yon Castle wa' at the close of the day,

Dear Burns, thou brother of my heart,
Fair fa' the honest rustic swain, .

Farewell thou fair day, thou green earth, and

Go fetch to me a pint o' wine,
How does my
dear friend, much I languish to hear,
How wisdom and folly meet, mix, and unite,
I look to the west when I gae to rest,

Inhuman man! curse on thy barb'rous art,
Life ne'er exulted in so rich a prize,

Like the fair plant that from our touch withdraws,
My Mary, dear departed shade!

No sculptur'd marble here, nor pompous lay,
song nor dance bring I from yon great city,
Of all the numerous ills that hurt our peace,

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O that I had ne'er been married,

O that my father had ne'er on me smil'd,

O, why should old age so much wound us? O,.

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Some sing of sweet Mally, some sing of fair Nelly, .
Still anxious to secure your partial favour,

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The parent's heart that nestled fond in thee,

The small birds rejoice in the green leaves returning,
Thou whom chance may hither lead,

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'Tis this, my friend, that streaks our morning bright,
When nature her great masterpiece design'd, .
While Europe's eye is fix'd on mighty things,

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While soon" the garden's flaunting flowers" decay,
Wow, but your letter made me vauntie! .

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LETTERS,

&c.

No. I.

To MR. JOHN MURDOCH,

SCHOOLMASTER,

STAPLES INN BUILDINGS, LONDON.

VOL. II.

Lochlee, 15th January, 1783.

DEAR SIR,

As I have an opportunity of sending you a letter, without putting you to that expense which any production of mine would but ill repay, I embrace it with pleasure, to tell you that I have not forgotten, nor ever will forget, many obligations I lie under to your ness and friendship.

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