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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
126. Lines written on a Bank-note
 
 
WAE worth thy power, thou cursed leaf!
Fell source o’ a’ my woe and grief!
For lack o’ thee I’ve lost my lass!
For lack o’ thee I scrimp my glass!
I see the children of affliction        5
Unaided, through thy curst restriction:
I’ve seen the oppressor’s cruel smile
Amid his hapless victim’s spoil;
And for thy potence vainly wished,
To crush the villain in the dust:        10
For lack o’ thee, I leave this much-lov’d shore,
Never, perhaps, to greet old Scotland more.
R. B.
 

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