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Tue present edition was undertaken by a gentleman with the view of presenting the public with the Poetical Works of Burns more methodically arranged, more copiously illustrated, and less expensive in the purchase, than they have yet appeared

In comparing it with others, it will be found to possess several advantages.

I. It contains, besides a number of other pieces not in serted in Dr. Currie's edition, “The Jolly Beggars," a cantata replete with humorous description and discrimination of character, and inferior to no poem of the same length in the English language. It likewise comprehends “Holy Willie's Prayer,” a piece of satire unequalled for exquisite severity and felicitous delineation. •

II. In the editions hitherto published, no regard is paid to method or classification. In this, the poems are disposed according to their respective subjects, and divided into five books.

II. Most of the poetry of Burns, though possessing an energy, a richness, and an ardor, which never fail to strike and captivate the mind, yet appears under great disadvan.

To Miss 1 , with Beattie's Poems, as a New-Year's

Gift, January 1, 1787,......

Verses to a Young Lady, with a Present of Songs, .... 153

Verses written on the blank Leaf of a Copy of his

Poems, presented to a Lady, whom he had

often celebrated under the Name of Chloris, ... 154

To a Young Lady, Miss Jessy - Dumfries, with

Books which the Bard presented her, ......... 155

Verses written on the blank Leaf of a Copy of his

Poems, presented to an old Sweetheart, then

married, .................

.............. 156

To J. S****,..

.. 156

Epistle to Davie, a brother Poet,......

... 162

To the Same, .....

... 168

Epistle to J. Lapraik, .......

.. 170

To the Same,...........

To W. S*****n, ..........

... 178

Epistle to J. R.******, enclosing some Poems,.... 185

To Dr. Blacklock, ........

188

To Colonel De Peyster,.....

.. 190

Letter to J- ST- t Gl-nc-r,................

.. 192

To Mr. Mitchell, ..............

To the Guidwife of Wauchope-House, in Answer to

an Epistle she had sent the Author, .......... 196

To J. Ranken, on his writing to the Author that a

Giri was with Child by him, ....... .... 198

Address to an Illegitimate Child, ................... 199

Tc a Tailor, in Answer to an Epistle which he had

sent the Author,...

To Mr. William Tytler, with a Portrait of the

Author, ..................................

203

Epistle to R. Graham, Esq., of Fintra, ............. 204

To the Samne, .................................... 207

To the Same, on receiving a Favor,

210

To a Gentleman whom the Author had offended..... 211

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