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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
179. To Miss Ferrier, enclosing Elegy on Sir J. H. Blair
 
 
Enclosing the Elegy on Sir J. H. Blair.
 
 
NAE heathen name shall I prefix,
  Frae Pindus or Parnassus;
Auld Reekie dings them a’ to sticks,
  For rhyme-inspiring lasses.
 
Jove’s tunefu’ dochters three times three        5
  Made Homer deep their debtor;
But, gien the body half an e’e,
  Nine Ferriers wad done better!
 
Last day my mind was in a bog,
  Down George’s Street I stoited;        10
A creeping cauld prosaic fog
  My very sense doited.
 
Do what I dought to set her free,
  My saul lay in the mire;
Ye turned a neuk—I saw your e’e—        15
  She took the wing like fire!
 
The mournfu’ sang I here enclose,
  In gratitude I send you,
And pray, in rhyme as weel as prose,
  A’ gude things may attend you!        20
 

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