For thus the royal mandate ran, When first the human race began, "The social, friendly honest man, Whate'er he be, Tis he fulfils great Nature's plan, And none but he!"
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)
Source: Second Epistle to John Lapraik
Contributed by: Zaady
From scenes like these old Scotia's grandeur springs, That makes her loved at home, revered abroad: Princes and lords are but the breath of kings, "An honest man 's the noblest work of God."
Source: The Cotter's Saturday Night.
A Gentleman who held the patent for his honours immediately from Almighty God.
Source: Elegy on Capt. Matthew Henderson
If there's another world, he lives in bliss; If there is non, he made the best of this.
Source: On a Friend, Epitaph on Wm. Muir
The poor inhabitant below Was quick to learn and wise to know And keenly felt the friendly glow And softer flame; But thoughtless follies laid him low, And stain'd his name!
Source: A Bard's Epitaph
To make a happy fire-side clime To weans and wife, That's the true pathos and sublime Of human life.
Source: Epistle to Dr. Blacklock
He turn'd him right and round about Upon the Irish shore, And gae his bridle reins a shake, With, "Adieu for evermore, my dear, And adieu for evermore."
Source: A' for our Rightfu' King.
The fear o' hell's a hangman's whip To haud the wretch in order; But where ye feel your honour grip, Let that aye be your border.
Source: Epistle to a Young Friend.
But the cheerful Spring came kindly on And show'rs began to fall: John Barleycorn got up again And sore surpris'd them all.
Source: John Barleycorn, st. 3.
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
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