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83 OXFORD

If we applaud the Roman Emperor who found Rome brick and left it marble, what shall we say of the man who found the songs of his country indelicate and left them pure -who made wholesome the air which the spirit and the affections breathe? And Burns did this: and not only did he purify existing Scottish song; he added to it all that it has of best and rarest.

ALEXANDER SMITH.

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Tam Samson's Elegy

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The Brigs of Ayr

134

Lines on Meeting with Lord Daer

139

Epistle to Major William Logan

140

Address to Edinburgh

141

On Willie Chalmers.

To Miss Logan, with Beattie's Poems, as

a New-Year's Gift, January 1, 1787 143

The American War, a Fragment

143

The Dean of Faculty, a New Ballad 144

Lines under the Portrait of Fergusson 145

Sketch of a Character

145

To Mrs. Scott of Wauchope

145

Prologue, Spoken by Mr. Woods on his

Benefit Night, Monday, April 16, 1787 147

Epistle to William Creech

148

On Scaring some Water-Fowl in Loch-

Turit

149

Lines Written with a Pencil over the

Chimney-Piece in the Parlour of the

Inn at Kenmore, Taymouth

149

The Hermit

150

The Humble Petition of Bruar Water,

to the Noble Duke of Athole

151

Written with a Pencil, standing by the

Fall of Fyers, near Loch-Ness

152

Poetical Address to Mr. William Tytler. 153

Elegy on the Death of Robert Dundas,

Esq., of Arniston.

153

To a Haggis

155

Verses on Reading in a Newspaper the

Death of John M'Leod, Esq.

155

To Clarinda

156

To Clarinda, with a Present of a pair of

Drinking-Glasses .

To Clarinda

To Clarinda

Elegy on the Death of Sir James Hunter

Blair

157

Written in Friars-Carse Hermitage, on

Nith-side

159

To Captain Riddel, of Glenriddel:

160

Epistle to Hugh Parker .

160

First Epistle to Robert Graham, Esq., of

Fintry

161

A Mother's Lament for the Death of her

Son

163

Elegy on the Year 1788

164

Ode, Sacred to the Memory of Mrs.

Oswald of Auchincruive

Fragment, Inscribed to the Right Hon.

Charles James Fox

165

On seeing a Wounded Hare limp by me,

which a Fellow had just shot at . 166

Address to the Toothache

167

The Kirk's Alarm, a Satire

168

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To Dr. Blacklock

169

Delia, an Ode.

170

To John M‘Murdo, Esq.

171

To the Same

171

On the Destruction of the Woods near

Drumlanrig ·

171

On an Evening View of the Ruins of

Lincluden Abbey.

172

The Ruined Maid's Complaint

173

The Laddies by the Banks of Nith

173

The Five Carlins, an Election Ballad 174

Ballad on the Dumfries Burghs Election,

1790

175

To the Owl

178

Verses to my Bed

179

Second Epistle to Robert Graham, Esq.,

of Fintry

179

Third Epistle to Robert Graham, Esq.,

of Fintry

181

OnCaptainGrose’s Peregrinations through

Scotland

Lines Written in a Wrapper, enclosing

a Letter to Captain Grose

182

Prologue, Spoken at the Theatre, Dum-

fries, on New-Year's Day Evening, 1790 183

Sketch-New-Year's Day, 1790

184

Scots Prologue, for Mr. Sutherland's

Benefit Night, Dumfries

185

Prologue, for Mr. Sutherland's Benefit

Night, Dumfries .

185

To a Gentleman who had sent the Poet

a Newspaper, and offered to continue

it Free of Expense

186

Elegy on Peg Nicholson .

Address of Beelzebub to the President of

the Highland Society .

187

Elegy on Captain Matthew Henderson . 188

To Miss Graham, of Fintry, with a Pre-

sent of Songs

190

The Whistle, a Ballad

190

Tam o' Shanter, a Tale

193

To John Taylor

196

Lament of Mary, Queen of Scois, on the

Approach of Spring

197

Elegy on Miss Burnet, of Monboddo

197

Address to the Shade of Thomson, on

Crowning his Bust with Bays at

Ednam, Roxburghshire

198

A Vision

199

To John Maxwell, of Terraughty, on his

Birthday

Lament for James, Earl of Glencairn

Lines sent to Sir John Whitefoord, of

Whitefoord, Bart., with the foregoing

Poem

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Monody on a Lady Famed for her Ca- On Glenriddel's Fox Breaking his Chain 232

price

203

Verses intended to be Written below a

Epistle from Æsopus to Maria

204

Noble Earl's Picture

233

The Tree of Liberty

205

Ode on General Washington's Birthday. 234

On Pastoral Poetry.

207
Sonnet Written on the 25th January, 1793,
the Birthday of the Author, on his SONCS

236

hearing a Thrush sing in a Morning

Walk .

208 My Handsome Nell

Sonnet on the Death of Robert Riddel, Luckless Fortune

Esq., of Glenriddel

205 I Dreamed I Lay where Flowers were

Impromptu on Mrs. Riddel's Birthday,

Springing

237

November 4, 1793

209

Tibbie, I ha'e seen the Day

237

The Vowels, a Tale.

209

My Father was a Farmer

238

Verses to John Rankine .

210 The Rigs o' Barley .

239

On Sensibility

Montgomery's Peggy

239

Lines sent to a Gentleman whom he had Song Composed in August

240

Offended

Bonnie Peggy Alison

240

Poetical Inscription for an Altar to Inde- Young Peggy

241

pendence

The Rantin' Dog the Daddie o't

241

On the Death of a Favo'ırite Child

My Heart was ance as Blithe and Free .

242

To a Kiss.

My Nannie, o

242

Address Spoken by Miss Fontenelle on A Fragment

243

her Benefit Night, Dec. 4, 1793, at the Green grow the Rashes

243

Theatre, Dumfries

Rantin' Rovin' Robin

244

On seeing Miss Fontenelle in a Favourite The Highland Lassie

244

Character

213 Mary

245

To Chloris

214

Her Flowing Locks

245

The Heron Election Ballads

214

The Mauchline Lady

246

To Collector Mitchell

213

Rob Mossgiel .

246

To a Young Lady, with a Present of The Belles of Mauchline

246

Books.

219 Hunting Song

247

To Colonel De Peyster

219

O why the Deuce should I Repine.

247

The Tarbolton Lasses

220

Robin Shure in Hairst

248

Nature's Law.

Sweetest May.

248

The Ronalds of the Bennals

Katherine Jaffray

248

Poetical Invitation to Mr. John Ken-

My Jean .

249

nedy

The Cure for all Care

249

Verses Written under Violent Grief

223

Eliza

250

Composed in Early Life between the The Sons of Old Killie

250

Stilts of a Plough

223

Menie

251

A Revolutionary Lyric

224 The Farewell to the Brethren of St.

The Ruined Farmer

224 James's Lodge, Tarbolton

252

To Miss Ferrier

225

The Lass of Cessnock Banks

252

The Bonnie Lass of Albany

225 The Lass of Ballochmyle

254

On George the Third's Restoration from The Bonnie Banks of Ayr

255

Illness.

226 Bonnie Dundee

255

Verses about Naething

226 The Joyful Widower

256

Sylvander's Reply to Clarinda

227 Come down the Back Stairs

257

Birthday Ode in Honour of Prince I'm owre Young to Marry yet

257

Charlie.

228

The Birks of Aberfeldy

258

Elegy

229 Macpherson's Farewell

258

Farewell to Ayrshire

230

Braw Lads of Gala Water

259

Reinorse

230 Braw, Braw Lads of Yarrow Braes 260

Ode to the Dying Out of the Regency

The Discreet Hint.

260

Bill, 1789

231 Stay, my Charmer.

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To Mary in Heaven

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Eppie Adair

282

The Battle of Sheriffmuir

282

Young Jockey

283

0, Willie Brewed a Peck o' Maut 283

The Battle of Killiecrankie

284

The Blue-Eyed Lass

284

The Banks of Nith.

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Tam Glen

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Frae the Friends and Land I Love.
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