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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Writing Verses
By Robert Burns (1759–1796)
 
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JUST now I’ve ta’en a fit of rhyme,
My barmy noddle’s working prime,
My fancy yerkit up sublime
  Wi’ hasty summons:
Hae ye a leisure moment’s time        5
  To hear what’s comin’?
 
Some rhyme a neebor’s name to lash;
Some rhyme (vain thought!) for needfu’ cash;
Some rhyme to court the countra clash,
  An’ raise a din;        10
For me, an aim I never fash!
  I rhyme for fun.
 
The star that rules my luckless lot,
Has fated me the russet coat,
An’ damned my fortune to the groat;        15
  But in requit,
Has blessed me wi’ a random shot
  O’ countra wit.
 
 
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