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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
38. Epitaph on my Ever Honoured Father
 
 
O YE whose cheek the tear of pity stains,
  Draw near with pious rev’rence, and attend!
Here lie the loving husband’s dear remains,
  The tender father, and the gen’rous friend;
The pitying heart that felt for human woe,        5
  The dauntless heart that fear’d no human pride;
The friend of man-to vice alone a foe;
  For “ev’n his failings lean’d to virtue’s side.” 1
 
Note 1. Goldsmith.—R. B. [back]
 

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