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Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850–1894).  A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods.  1913.
I. The Maker to Posterity

FAR ’yont amang the years to be 
When a’ we think, an’ a’ we see, 
An’ a’ we luve, ’s been dung ajee 
      By time’s rouch shouther, 
An’ what was richt and wrang for me         5
      Lies mangled throu’ther, 
It’s possible—it’s hardly mair— 
That some ane, ripin’ after lear— 
Some auld professor or young heir, 
      If still there’s either—  10
May find an’ read me, an’ be sair 
      Perplexed, puir brither! 
“What tongue does your auld bookie speak?” 
He’ll spier; an’ I, his mou to steik: 
“No bein’ fit to write in Greek,  15
      I wrote in Lallan, 
Dear to my heart as the peat reek, 
      Auld as Tantallon. 
“Few spak it then, an’ noo there’s nane. 
My puir auld sangs lie a’ their lane,  20
Their sense, that aince was braw an’ plain, 
      Tint a’thegether, 
Like runes upon a standin’ stane 
      Amang the heather. 
“But think not you the brae to speel;  25
You, tae, maun chow the bitter peel; 
For a’ your lear, for a’ your skeel, 
      Ye’re nane sae lucky; 
An’ things are mebbe waur than weel 
      For you, my buckie.  30
“The hale concern (baith hens an’ eggs, 
Baith books an’ writers, stars an’ clegs) 
Noo stachers upon lowsent legs, 
      An’ wears awa’; 
The tack o’ mankind, near the dregs,  35
      Rins unco law. 
“Your book, that in some braw new tongue, 
Ye wrote or prentit, preached or sung, 
Will still be just a bairn, an’ young 
      In fame an’ years,  40
Whan the hale planet’s guts are dung 
      About your ears; 
“An’ you, sair gruppin’ to a spar 
Or whammled wi’ some bleezing’ star, 
Cryin’ to ken whaur deil ye are,  45
      Hame, France, or Flanders— 
Whang sindry like a railway car 
      An’ flie in danders.” 



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