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( ) Tamn Sampson's Elegy

181 Halloween

189 The Auld Farmer's New-Year Morning's

Salutation to his auid Mare Maggie, 210 The Cotter's Saturday Night

218 To a Mouse

234 A Winter Night


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ROBERT BURNS was the son of a farmer in Ayrshire, Herwas born on the 25th. of January, 1759. After being a short time at Irvin, in the flax dressing business, be turned farmer, but not meet

he intended to go to Jamaica. His poetical talents bad bowever previously attracted some notice in the neighbourhood where he lived, and baving published a smallvolume of bispoèms :: at Kilmarnock, it drew upon bim more general attention. Having met with encouragement, he went to. Edinburgh,

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(6) and there in April 1787, be published by Subscription an enlarged edition of bis poems, with many improvements, which met with great Success. By the profits arising from this edition, be was enabled to take the farm of Elisland in Dumfrieshire, and baving married a person for whom he bad bad a long regard, he retired to pass the remainder of bis life in agriculture. He was bowever unfortunate again, and leaving his farm, removed to a small house in the town of Dumfries, where he was appointed to an inferior office in the excise, and where he died on the 2 ist day of July, 1796, in the 38th year of his age.

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