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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
502. Lines to John Syme, Esq., with a dozen of Porter
 
 
Lines sent with a Present of a Dozen of Porter.
 
 
O HAD the malt thy strength of mind,
  Or hops the flavour of thy wit,
’Twere drink for first of human kind,
  A gift that e’en for Syme were fit.

JERUSALEM TAVERN, DUMFRIES.
 

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