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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
By Robert Burns (1759–1796)
I MIND it weel, in early date,
When I was beardless, young, and blate,
  And first could thresh the barn;
Or haud a yokin’ at the pleugh;
An’ though forfoughten sair eneugh,        5
  Yet unco proud to learn!
Even then, a wish (I mind its power),
A wish that to my latest hour
  Shall strongly heave my breast—
That I for poor auld Scotland’s sake        10
Some usefu’ plan or book could make,
  Or sing a sang at least.
The rough burr-thistle spreading wide
  Amang the bearded bear,
I turned the weedin’-heuk aside,        15
  An’ spared the symbol dear.

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