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acquaintance admired Auchtertyre Auld Ayrshire bard beautiful brother Burns Caledonia character compliments copy dare DEAR FRIEND DEAR SIR devil Dugald Stewart Dumfries DUNLOP Earl of Glencairn Edinburgh Ellisland enclosed epistle fame fancy farm father favour favourite feelings folly fortune friendship GAVIN HAMILTON genius gentleman give hand happy heart Heaven honour hope House of Stewart humble servant idea idle James Jenny Geddes John Kilmarnock kind lady late letter lived look Lord Madam manners Mauchline meet merit mind miserable misfortune Mossgiel muse native never noble obliged passion perhaps pleased pleasure poem Poet Poet's poetic poetry poor pride prose respect rhyme ROBERT Robert Burns Robert Fergusson ROBERT MUIR Scotch songs Scottish sentiment sincere soul spirits stanza Stewart taste tell thing thought tion tune verse weeks Whit-Sunday wish wretched write wrote
Page 200 - The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and Nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the war of elements, The wreck of matter, and the crush of worlds.
Page 157 - ... when I looked and fingered over her little hand to pick out the cruel nettle-stings and thistles. Among her other love-inspiring qualities, she sung sweetly ; and it was her favorite reel to which I attempted giving an embodied vehicle in rhyme.
Page 95 - Thou minds me o' the happy days, When my fause luve was true. Thou'll break my heart, thou bonnie bird, That sings beside thy mate ; For sae I sat, and sae I sang, And wist na o
Page 136 - I have bought a pocket Milton, which I carry perpetually about with me, in order to study the sentiments — the dauntless magnanimity, the intrepid, unyielding independence, the desperate daring, and noble defiance of hardship, in that great personage, SATAN.
Page 7 - I glimmer a little into futurity ; but my principal, and indeed my only pleasurable employment, is looking backwards and forwards in a moral and religious way. I am quite transported at the thought that ere long, perhaps very soon, I shall bid an eternal adieu to all the pains, and uneasinesses, and disquietudes of this weary life, for I assure you I am heartily tired of it ; and, if I do not very much deceive myself, I could contentedly and gladly resign it. The soul, uneasy and confined at home,...
Page 157 - I loved her. Indeed I did not know myself why I liked so much to loiter behind with her, when returning in the evening...
Page 171 - It is evident that you already possess a great variety of expression and command of the English language; you ought therefore to deal more sparingly, for the future, in the provincial dialect — why should you, by using that, limit the number of your admirers to those who understand the Scottish, when you can extend it to all persons of taste who understand the English language ? In my opinion you should plan some larger work than any you have as yet attempted.
Page 98 - When proud fortune's ebbing tide recedes," you will bear me witness, that when my bubble of fame was at the highest, I stood unintoxicated with the inebriating cup in my hand, looking forward with rueful resolve to the hastening time, when the blow of Calumny should dash it to the ground, with all the eagerness of vengeful triumph.