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Poem by Robert Burns


To Robert Graham, Esq. of Fintry, on Receiving a Favour


I CALL no Goddess to inspire my strains,
A fabled Muse may suit a Bard that feigns;
Friend of my life! my ardent spirit burns,
And all the tribute of my heart returns,
For boons recorded, goodness ever new,
The gift still dearer as the giver you.
Thou orb of day! thou other paler light!
And all ye many sparkling stars of night!
If aught that giver from my mind efface;
If I that givers bounty oer disgrace;
Then roll to me, along your wandring spheres,
Only to number out a villains years!
I lay my hand upon my swelling breast,
And grateful would, but cannot, speak the rest.

1789

                      Robert Burns


Robert Burns's other poems:
  1. Mark Yonder Pomp
  2. By Allan Stream
  3. Theres News, Lasses
  4. Scroggam
  5. The First Psalm


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