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Poem by Robert Burns

Tragic Fragment

ALL devil as I am, a damned wretch,
A hardend, stubborn, unrepenting villain,
Still my heart melts at human wretchedness;
And with sincere tho unavailing sighs
I view the helpless children of distress.
With tears indignant I behold th oppressor
Rejoicing in the honest mans destruction,
Whose unsubmitting heart was all his crime.
Even you, ye helpless crew, I pity you;
Ye, whom the seeming good think sin to pity;
Ye poor, despisd, abandond vagabonds,
Whom Vice, as usual, has turnd oer to Ruin.
O but for kind, tho ill-requited friends,
I had been driven forth like you forlorn,
The most detested, worthless wretch among you!
O injurd God!  Thy goodness has endowd me
With talents passing most of my compeers,
Which I in just proportion have abusd,
As far surpassing other common villains,
As Thou in natural parts hadst given me more.


                      Robert Burns

Robert Burns's other poems:
  1. O, Wat Ye Whas In Yon Town?
  2. The Lass O ballochmyle
  3. When First I Came to Stewart Kyle
  4. Sae Fair Her Hair
  5. Weary Fa You, Duncan Gray

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