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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
410. Epigram—Kirk and State Excisemen
 
 
YE men of wit and wealth, why all this sneering
’Gainst poor Excisemen? Give the cause a hearing:
What are your Landlord’s rent-rolls?—Taxing ledgers!
What Premiers?—What ev’n Monarchs?—Mighty Gaugers!
Nay, what are Priests? (those seeming godly wise-men,)        5
What are they, pray, but Spiritual Excisemen!
 

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