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    Verses Written Under the Portrait of Fergusson

    by Robert Burns
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    WRITTEN UNDER THE PORTRAIT OF FERGUSSON, THE POET, IN A COPY OF THAT
    AUTHOR'S WORKS PRESENTED TO A YOUNG LADY.

    [Who the young lady was to whom the poet presented the portrait and
    Poems of the ill-fated Fergusson, we have not been told. The verses
    are dated Edinburgh, March 19th, 1787.]

    Curse on ungrateful man, that can be pleas'd,
    And yet can starve the author of the pleasure!
    O thou my elder brother in misfortune,
    By far my elder brother in the muses,
    With tears I pity thy unhappy fate!
    Why is the bard unpitied by the world,
    Yet has so keen a relish of its pleasures?
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