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LONDON : R. CLAY, SON, AND TAYLOR, PRINTERS,

BREAD STREET HILL.

THE
POETICAL WORKS OF
ROBERT BURNS

EDITED
FROM THE BEST PRINTED AND MANUSCRIPT AUTHORITIES, WITH

GLOSSARIAL INDEX AND A BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIR

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POEMS.

LETTER TO 70HN GOUDIE,

KILMARNOCK,

ON THE PUBLICATION OF HIS ESSAYS.

O GOUDIE ! terror o' the Whigs,
Dread o' black coats and rev’rend wigs,
Sour Bigotry, on her last legs,

Girnin' looks back,
Wishin' the ten Egyptian plagues

Wad seize you quick.

Poor gapin' glowrin' Superstition,
Waes me ! she's in a sad condition ;
Fy, bring Black-Jock, her state physician,

To see her water;
Alas! there's ground o' great suspicion

She'll ne'er get better.

Auld Orthodoxy lang did grapple,
But now she's got an unco' ripple ;
Haste, gie her name up i’ the chapel,

Nigh unto death;
See how she fetches at the thrapple,

An' gasps for breath.

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