The prose works of Robert Burns (Google eBook)

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To Mrs Dunlop Thanks for her NoticePraise of her Ancestor Sir William Wallace
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To Mrs Stewart inclosing a Poem on Miss A
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Dr Blacklock to the Rev G Laurie Encouraging the Bard to visit Edinburgh and print a new Edition of his Poems
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From Sir John Whitefoord
35
To Mr Chalmers Praiseof Miss Burnet of Monboddo
37
To the Earl of Eglinton Thanks for his Patronage
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To Mrs Dunlop Jan 15 1787 Account of his Situation in Edinburgh
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To Dr Moore Grateful Acknowledgments of his Notice of Bums in Letters to Mrs Dunlop
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From Dr Moore In Answer to the foregoing and inclosing a Sonnet on the Bard by Miss Williams
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To Dr Moore Feb 15 1787In Reply
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To the Earl of Glencairn 1787Grateful Acknow ledgment of Kindness
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To the Earl of Buchan Reply to a Letter of Advice
52
Extract concerning the Monument erected for Fer guson by our Pott
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Toaccompanying the foregoing
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Extract from Good Advice
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To Mrs Dunlop March 22 177 Respecting his Prospects on leaving Edinburgh
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From Gilbert Burns Jan 1 1789 Reflections sug
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To the same April 15 1787 On the same Subject 01
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0 Extracts from the Authors MS Book recording whatever seemed to him worthy of Observation
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JV Page
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To Mr Gilbert Burns Sept 17 Account of
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To Mrs Dunlop May 4 Remarks on Drydens Vir
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Iff Pag
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Situation in the Excise
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StuartsBaseness of insulting fallen Greatness
146
gested by the Day
157
To Mrs Diuilop Reflections on New Years Day
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To Dr Moore Account of his Situation and Prospects
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To Bishop Geddes Feb 3 The same Subject
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To Mrs Dunlop March 4 Reflections after a visit to Edinburgh
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To the Rev P Carfrae Advice respecting the Pub lication of Mr Milnes Poems
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To Dr Moore March 23 Inclosing a Poem
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To Mr Hill April 2 Apostrophe to Frugality
173
To Mrs Dunlop April 4 With Lines to the Right Hon C J Fox
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To Mr Cunningham May 4 With the first Draught of the Poem on a wounded Hare
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To Mr MAuley of Dumbarton June 4 Account of his Situation
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To Mrs Dunlop June 21 Reflections on Religion
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From Dr Moore June 10 Good Advice
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From Mr Some Account of Ferguson
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To Mr In Answer
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To Mrs Dunlop Sept 6Praise of Zeluco
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To Mrs Dunlop April 10 Remarks on the Loun ger and on Mr Mackenzies Writings
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S8 To Dr Moore Thanks for a Present of Zeluco
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To Mrs Dunlop Aug 8 Written under a Feeling of wounded Pride
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To Mr Cunningham Aug 8 Aspirations after Independence
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To Mrs Dunlop Nov Congratulations on the Birth of her Grandson
221
To Mr Cunningham Jan 23r 1791 With an Elegy on Miss Burnet ofMonboddo
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To Mr Peter Hill Jan 17 Indignant Apostrophe to Poverty
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To A F Tytler Esq Criticism on Tamo Shanter
226
To Mrs Dunlop Feb 7 Inclosing his Elegy on Miss Burnet
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10G To the Earl of Buchan In Reply
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To Mrs DunlopInclosing the Song of Death
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To the same Follj of talking about ones private
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J18 To Mr Cunningham March 3 Commissions
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To Dr BlacklockPoetical LaboursThe Doctors
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To Mr Cunningham Wild Apostrophe to a Spirit
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To Mrs Dunlop Sept 24 Account of his Family
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To Miss B of YorkLetter of Friendship
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To Patrick Miller Esq With a Copy of a
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To a Lady In Favour of a Players Benefit
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To the same Lending Werter
301
To Supposes himself to be writing from
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To Mrs Dunlop in London Expresses his Disap
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To Mrs Burns Sea Bathing affords little Relief
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To Mr John Richmond Edinburgh Giving
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To Dr Mackenzie Inclosing extempore Verses
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To the same With a Copy of Verses
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To the same Miltons Satan his favouriteMisfor
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On the Stilts not Poetic but Oaken His motto
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To Miss M n Compliments a Greenland
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To Mr Robert Ainslie Finishing his Excise
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Reason and ResolveNever to despair
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To Mr Robert Ainslie Appointed to an Excise
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To Mr Murdoch Apology for NegligenceVene
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To Mr Thomas Sloan Favourite Quotations
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To R Graham Esq Exculpates himself from
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Edition of his Poems
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To the Earl of Buchan With a Copy of Bruce
590
To Col W Dunbar Is still alive fulfilling
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LETTERS to CLARINDA c
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Page 20 - ... mortal, I have various sources of pleasure and enjoyment, which are, in a manner, peculiar to myself, or some here and there such other outof-the-way person. Such is the peculiar pleasure I take in the season of WINTER, more than the rest of the year. This, I believe, may be partly owing to my misfortunes giving my mind a melancholy cast : but there is something even in the ' Mighty tempest, and the hoary waste, Abrupt, and deep stretch'd o'er the buried earth," which raises the mind to a serious...
Page 159 - I have some favourite flowers in spring, among which are the mountain-daisy, the hare-bell, the fox-glove, the wild-brier rose, the budding birch, and the hoary hawthorn, that I view and hang over with particular delight.
Page 496 - Her pure and eloquent blood Spoke in her cheeks, and so distinctly wrought, That one might almost say her body thought.
Page 100 - The gloomy night is gathering fast when a letter from Dr. Blacklock to a friend of mine, overthrew all my schemes, by opening new prospects to my poetic ambition.
Page 84 - This cultivated the latent seeds of poetry ; but had so strong an effect on my imagination, that to this hour, in my nocturnal rambles, I sometimes keep a sharp look-out in suspicious places; and though nobody can be more sceptical than I am in such matters, yet it often takes an effort of philosophy to shake off these idle terrorS.
Page 100 - This sum came very seasonably, as I was thinking of indenting myself, for want of money to procure my passage. As soon as I was master of nine guineas, the price of wafting me to the torrid zone, I took a steerage passage in the first ship that was to sail from the Clyde...
Page 87 - In short, she, altogether unwittingly to herself, initiated me in that delicious passion, which, in spite of acid disappointment, gin-horse prudence, and book-worm philosophy, I hold to be the first of human joys, our dearest blessing here below...
Page 375 - Scotland, that it was Robert Bruce's march at the battle of Bannockburn. This thought, in my solitary wanderings, warmed me to a pitch of enthusiasm on the theme of liberty and independence, which I threw into a kind of Scottish ode, fitted to the air, that one might suppose to be the gallant Royal Scot's address to his heroic followers on that eventful morning.
Page 605 - I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven. He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches ; shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit; let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches.
Page 434 - The snaw-drap and primrose our woodlands adorn, And violets bathe in the weet o' the morn ; They pain my sad bosom, sae sweetly they blaw, They mind me o...

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