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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
467. Inscription to Miss Graham of Fintry
 
 
HERE, where the Scottish Muse immortal lives,
  In sacred strains and tuneful numbers joined,
Accept the gift; though humble he who gives,
  Rich is the tribute of the grateful mind.
 
So may no ruffian-feeling in my breast,        5
  Discordant, jar thy bosom-chords among;
But Peace attune thy gentle soul to rest,
  Or Love, ecstatic, wake his seraph song,
 
Or Pity’s notes, in luxury of tears,
  As modest Want the tale of woe reveals;        10
While conscious Virtue all the strains endears,
  And heaven-born Piety her sanction seals.
 

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