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OF

ROBERT BURNS;

CONSISTING CHIEFLY OF

20

ORIGINAL

LETTERS, POEMS, AND CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS

ON

SCOTTISH SONGS.

COLLECTED AND PUBLISHED BY

R. H. CROMEK.

Ordain'd to fire th' adoring Sons of Earth
With every charm of wisdom and of worth;
Or, warm with Fancy's energy to glow,
And rival all but Shakspeare's name below.
Pleasures of Hope.

PUBLISHED BY

BRADFORD AND INSKEEP, PHILADELPHIA; INSKEEP

AND BRADFORD, NEW YORK; COALE AND
THOMAS, BALTIMORE; AND OLIVER

C. GREENLEAF, BOSTON.

1863. May

Gift of

15

miss Felix it. Bouman of Cambridge.

PREFACE.

ON an occasion of such delicacy as the presenting to the world another volume of the writings of ROBERT BURNS, it becomes the Editor to account for his motives in undertaking the publication, and to explain his reasons for giving it in the form in which it now appears.

Whatever unhappiness the Poet was in his lifetime doomed to experience, few persons have been so fortunate in a biographer as Burns. A strong feeling of his excellencies, a perfect discrimination of his charac ter, and a just allowance for his errors, are the distinguishing features in the work of Dr. Currie, who

"With kind concern and skill has wear'd
A silken web; and ne'er shall fade

Its colours; gently has he laid
The mantle o'er his sad distress,

And GENIUS shall the texture bless."

The same judgment and discretion which dictated the memoirs of the poet, presided also in the selection of his writings in the edition by Dr. Currie; of which it may justly be said, that whilst no production of Burns could be withdrawn from it without diminishing its value, nothing is there inserted which can render his works unworthy of the approbation of manly taste, or inconsistent with the delicacy of female virtue.

But although no reduction can be made from the published works of the poet, it will, it is hoped, appear from the following pages, that much may be added to them, not unworthy of his genius and character. Of

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