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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
456. Epitaph on Captain Lascelles
 
 
WHEN Lascelles thought fit from this world to depart,
Some friends warmly thought of embalming his heart;
A bystander whispers—“Pray don’t make so much o’t,
The subject is poison, no reptile will touch it.”
 

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