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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
282. Extemporaneous Effusion on being appointed to an Excise Division
 
 
On being appointed to an Excise division.
 
 
SEARCHING auld wives’ barrels,
  Ochon the day!
That clarty barm should stain my laurels:
  But—what’ll ye say?
These movin’ things ca’d wives an’ weans,        5
Wad move the very hearts o’ stanes!
 

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