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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Robert Burns. (1759–1796) (continued)
 
4773
    Oh, my luve ’s like a red, red rose,
  That ’s newly sprung in June;
Oh, my luve ’s like the melodie
  That ’s sweetly played in tune.
          A Red, Red Rose.
4774
    Contented wi’ little, and cantie wi’ mair.
          Contented wi’ Little.
4775
    Where sits our sulky, sullen dame,
Gathering her brows like gathering storm,
Nursing her wrath to keep it warm.
          Tam o’ Shanter.
4776
    Ah, gentle dames! it gars me greet
To think how monie counsels sweet,
How monie lengthened sage advices,
The husband frae the wife despises.
          Tam o’ Shanter.
4777
    His ancient, trusty, drouthy crony;
Tam lo’ed him like a vera brither,—
They had been fou for weeks thegither.
          Tam o’ Shanter.
4778
    The landlady and Tam grew gracious
Wi’ favours secret, sweet, and precious.
          Tam o’ Shanter.
4779
    The landlord’s laugh was ready chorus.
          Tam o’ Shanter.
4780
    Kings may be blest, but Tam was glorious,
O’er a’ the ills o’ life victorious.
          Tam o’ Shanter.
4781
    But pleasures are like poppies spread,
You seize the flower, its bloom is shed;
Or, like the snow-fall in the river,
A moment white, then melts forever.
          Tam o’ Shanter.
4782
    Nae man can tether time or tide. 1
          Tam o’ Shanter.
4783
    That hour, o’ night’s black arch the keystane.
          Tam o’ Shanter.
4784
    Inspiring, bold John Barleycorn,
What dangers thou canst make us scorn!
          Tam o’ Shanter.
4785
    As Tammie glow’red, amazed and curious,
The mirth and fun grew fast and furious.
          Tam o’ Shanter.
 
Note 1.
See Heywood, Quotation 13. [back]
 

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