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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
156. Verses inscribed under a Noble Earl’s Picture
 
 
WHOSE 1 is that noble, dauntless brow?
  And whose that eye of fire?
And whose that generous princely mien,
  E’en rooted foes admire?
 
Stranger! to justly show that brow,        5
  And mark that eye of fire,
Would take His hand, whose vernal tints
  His other works admire.
 
Bright as a cloudless summer sun,
  With stately port he moves;        10
His guardian Seraph eyes with awe
  The noble Ward he loves.
 
Among the illustrious Scottish sons
  That chief thou may’st discern,
Mark Scotia’s fond-returning eye,—        15
  It dwells upon Glencairn.
 
Note 1. The Nobleman is James, Fourteenth Earl of Glencairn. [back]
 

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