Robert Burns Quotes

Wee, modest, crimson-tipped flow'r, Thou's met me in an evil hour; For I maun crush amang the stoure Thy slender stem: To spare thee now is past my pow'r, Thou bonnie gem.
Robert Burns (1759-1796), Scottish poet. To a Mountain Daisy (l. 1-6). . . World's Best Loved Poems, The. James Gilchrist Lawson, comp. (1927) Harper & Row.
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Ev'n thou who mourn'st the Daisy's fate, That fate is thine—no distant date; Stern Ruin's ploughshare drives , elate, Full on thy bloom, Till crush'd beneath the furrow's weight, Shall be thy doom.
Robert Burns (1759-1796), Scottish poet. To a Mountain Daisy (l. 49-54). . . World's Best Loved Poems, The. James Gilchrist Lawson, comp. (1927) Harper & Row.
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The best laid schemes o' mice and men Gang aft agley; An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, For promis'd joy!
Robert Burns (1759-1796), Scottish poet. repr. In Poetical Works, vol. 1, ed. William Scott Douglas (1891). "To a Mouse," st. 7 (1786).
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Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim'rous beastie, O, what a panic's in thy breastie! Thou need na start awa sae hasty, Wi' bickering brattle! I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee, Wi' murd'ring pattle!
Robert Burns (1759-1796), Scottish poet. To a Mouse on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough (l. 1-6). . . Burns; Complete Poems and Songs. James Kinsley, ed. (1969) Oxford University Press.
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Some rhyme a neebor's name to lash; Some rhyme (vain thought!) for needfu' cash; Some rhyme to court the countra clash, An' raise a din; For me, an aim I never fash; I rhyme for fun.
Robert Burns (1759-1796), Scottish poet. repr. In Poetical Works, vol. 1, ed. William Scott Douglas (1891). "To J.S****," st. 5 (1786).
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Their sighin', cantin', grace-proud faces, Their three-mile prayers, and half-mile graces.
Robert Burns (1759-1796), Scottish poet. To the Rev. John M'Math.
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O whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad; O whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad: Tho' father and mither and a' should gae mad, O whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad.
Robert Burns (1759-1796), Scottish poet. Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad (l. 1-4). OxBoLi. Oxford Book of Light Verse, The. W. H. Auden, ed. (1938) Oxford University Press.
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Hear me, auld Hangie, for a wee, An' let poor, damned bodies bee; I'm sure sma' pleasure it can gie, Ev'n to a deil, To skelp an' scaud poor dogs like me, An' hear us squeel!
Robert Burns (1759-1796), Scottish poet. Address to the Deil (l. 7-12). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
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O thou, whatever title suit thee! Auld Hornie, Satan, Nick, or Clootie,
Robert Burns (1759-1796), Scottish poet. Address to the Deil (l. 1-2). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
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Then you, ye auld, snick-drawing dog! Ye cam to Paradise incog, An' played on a man a cursed brogue, (Black be your fa'!) An' gied the infant warld a shog, 'Maist ruined a'.
Robert Burns (1759-1796), Scottish poet. Address to the Deil (l. 91-96). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
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