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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
251. Impromptu Lines to Captain Riddell
 
 
On Returning a Newspaper.
 
 
  YOUR News and Review, sir.
  I’ve read through and through, sir,
With little admiring or blaming;
  The Papers are barren
  Of home-news or foreign,        5
No murders or rapes worth the naming.
 
  Our friends, the Reviewers,
  Those chippers and hewers,
Are judges of mortar and stone, sir;
  But of meet or unmeet,        10
  In a fabric complete,
I’ll boldly pronounce they are none, sir;
 
  My goose-quill too rude is
  To tell all your goodness
Bestow’d on your servant, the Poet;        15
  Would to God I had one
  Like a beam of the sun,
And then all the world, sir, should know it!
 

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