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Poem by Helen Craik


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Inscribed on reverse of frontispiece portrait of Burns in a copy of the 1787 edition now in the Burns Collection, Mitchell Library, Glasgow.

Here native Genius, gay, unique and strong,
Shines through each page, and marks the tuneful song;
Rapt Admiration her warm tribute pays,
And Scotia proudly echoes all she says;
Bold Independence, too, illumes the theme
And claims a manly privilege to Fame.
 Vainly, O Burns! woud rank and riches shine,
Compard with in-born merit great as thine,
These Chance may take, as Chance has often givn,
But Powrs like thine can only come from Heavn.



                      Helen Craik


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