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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
153. Inscription for the Headstone of Fergusson the Poet
 
 
NO 1 sculptured marble here, nor pompous lay,
  “No storied urn nor animated bust;”
This simple stone directs pale Scotia’s way,
  To pour her sorrows o’er the Poet’s dust.
 
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She mourns, sweet tuneful youth, thy hapless fate;
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  Tho’ all the powers of song thy fancy fired,
Yet Luxury and Wealth lay by in state,
  And, thankless, starv’d what they so much admired.
 
This tribute, with a tear, now gives
  A brother Bard-he can no more bestow:        10
But dear to fame thy Song immortal lives,
  A nobler monument than Art can shew.
 
Note 1. The stone was erected at Burns’ expenses in February-March, 1789. [back]
 

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