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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
143. Fragment on Sensibility
 
 
RUSTICITY’S ungainly form
  May cloud the highest mind;
But when the heart is nobly warm,
  The good excuse will find.
 
Propriety’s cold, cautious rules        5
  Warm fervour may o’erlook:
But spare poor sensibility
  Th’ ungentle, harsh rebuke.
 

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