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OF

ROBERT BURNS;

WITH

AN ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE,

AND

A CRITICISM ON HIS WRITINGS.

TO WHICH ARE PREFIXED,

SOME OBSERVATIONS
ON THE CHARACTER AND CONDITION

OF THE

Scottish Peasantry.

AS EDITED

BY JAMES CURRIE, M.D.

A NEW EDITION, WITH ADDITIONAL PIECES.

· IN FOUR VOLUMEȘ.

VOL. III.

MONTROSE:

PRINTED BY SMITH & HILL, AND SOLD BY THE BOOK-

SELLERS OF LONDON AND EDINBURGH.

1816.

280 m.

672.

Dedication

OF TH )

SECOND EDITION OF THE POEMS FORMERLY

PRINTED.

TO THL

NOBLEMEN AND GENTLEMEN

OF THE

CALEDONIAN HUNT.

MY LORDS AND GENTLEMEN,

A Scottish BARD, proud of the name, and whose highest ambition is to sing in his country's service where shall he so properly look for patronage as to the illustrious names of his native land ; those who bear the honours and inherit the virtues of their ancestors ? The Poetic Genius of my Country found me, as the prophetic bard Elijah did Elisha-at the PLOUGH ; and threw her inspiring mantle over me. She bade me sing the loves, the joys, the rural scenes and rural pleasures of my native soil, in my native tongue : I

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