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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
279. Epigram on Francis Grose the Antiquary
 
 
THE DEVIL got notice that Grose was a-dying
So whip! at the summons, old Satan came flying;
But when he approached where poor Francis lay moaning,
And saw each bed-post with its burthen a-groaning,
Astonish’d, confounded, cries Satan—“By G—,        5
I’ll want him, ere I take such a damnable load!”
 

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