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Nusmythe pirer!

I.Berano seu pede

ROBERT

BURNS

CHIEFLY IN THE

SCOTTISH DIALECT.

BY

ROBERT BURNS.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

A NEW EDITION, CONSIDERABLY ENLARGED.

VOL. I.

EDINBURGH:
PRINTED FOR T. CADELL, LONDON, AND WILLIAM

CRĖECH, EDINBURGH.

M DCC XCIV.

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DE DI CA TI O N.

TO THE

NOBLEMEN AND GENTLEMEN

OF THE

CALEDONIAN HUN T.

MY LORDS AND GENTLEMEN,

A

SCOTTISH Bard, proud of the name, and

whose highest ambition is to sing in his Country's service, where all he fo properly look for patronage as to the illustrious names of bis native Land; those who bear the honours

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me,

and inherit the virtues of their Ancestors? The Poetic Genius of my Country found me, as the prophetic bard Elijah did Elima-at the plough; and threw her inspiring mantle over

She bade me fing the loves, the joys, the rural scenes and rural pleasures of my nutal Soil, in my native toque : I tuned my wild, artless notes, as me inspired. --- She whispered me to come to this ancient 1:etropolis of Caledonia, and lay my Songs under your honoured protection: I now obey her dictates.

Though much indebted to your goodness, I do not approach you, My Lords and Gentlemen, in the usual fiile of dedication, to thank you for past favours; that path is so backneyed by prostituted Learning, that honest Rufvicity is ashamed of it.--Nor do I present this Address with the venal foul of a forvile Autlor, looking for a continuation of those fa

vours:

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