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EPITAPH FOR GAVIN HAMILTON, ESQ.
THE poor man weeps--here Gavin sleeps,
Whom canting wretches blam’d:
May I be sav'd or damn'd!
A BARD'S EPITAPH.
Is there a whim-inspired fool,
Let him draw near ;
And drap a tear.
Is there a Bard of rustic song,
O, pass not by!
Here, heave a sigh.
Is there a man whose judgment clear,
Wild as the wave ;,
Survey this grave.
The poor Inhabitant below
And softer flame,
And stain'd his name !
Reader, attend--whether thy soul
In low pursuit ;
Is wisdom's root.
EPITAPH ON MY FATHER.
O YE, whose cheek the tear of pity stains,
Draw near with pious rev'rence and attend ! Here lie the loving husband's dear remains,
The tender father, and the gen'rous friend.
The pitying heart that felt for human woe ;
The dauntless heart that fear'd no human pride; The friend of man, to vice alone a foe;
'For ev'n his failings lean'd to virtue's side.?
EPITAPH ON JOHN DOVE, INNKEEPER,
To some other warl
Strong ale was ablution,-
EPITAPH ON JOHN BUSHBY, WRITER,
HERE lies John Bushby, honest man !
EPITAPH ON A WAG IN MAUCHLINE.
LAMENT him, Mauchline husbands a',
He aften did assist ye;
Your wives they ne'er had miss'd ye.
Ye Mauchline bairns, as on ye pass
To school in bands thegither,
Perhaps he was your father.
EPITAPH ON A PERSON NICKNAMED
‘THE MARQUIS,' WHO DESIRED BURNS TO
WRITE ONE ON HIM.
HERE lies a mock Marquis whose titles were
shamm'd, If ever he rise, it will be to be damn'd.
EPITAPH ON WALTER S-
Sic a reptile was Wat,
Sic a miscreant slave,
When laid in his grave.
A starv'd reptile cries;
HERE comes Burns
On Rosinante ;
But he's d-- canty !
GRACE BEFORE MEAT.
Do thou stand us in need,
A tup or wether head ! Amen.
ON COMMISSARY GOLDIE'S BRAINS.
LORD, to account who dares thee call,
Or e'er dispute thy pleasure ?
Enclose so poor a treasure?
AT Brownhill we always get dainty good cheer,
ADDRESSED TO A LADY
WHOM THE AUTHOR FEARED HE HAD OFFENDED.
RUSTICITY's ungainly form
May cloud the highest mind;
The good excuse will find.
Propriety's cold cautious rules
Warm fervour may o'erlook;
The ungentle, harsh rebuke.