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Autograph letter signed : Dumfries, to George Thomson, [1794 ca. Jan. 1-15].

Author: Robert Burns; Thomson, Mr.
Edition/Format:   Book : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
Publication:Collection of letters from Robert Burns to George Thomson (MA 47 and MA 50) MA 50.10
Database:WorldCat
Summary:
Noting that it is difficult to write original verse on subjects, such as Spring, that poets have been describing "for these three thousand years." Mentioning that some years ago, when Burns "was young, & by no means the saint I am now," he undertook a bet to produce an Ode to Spring on an original plan. Giving the verses to his "Ode to Spring -- Tune, The tither morn." Referencing John Aikin's stance that "love &  Read more...
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Named Person: John Aikin
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Burns; Thomson, Mr.
OCLC Number: 587741026
Notes: With notes in Thomson's hand.
Address panel with seal and postmark (Dumfries) and addressed to "Mr. George Thomson / Trustees' Office / Edinr." Docketed "Jany 1795 Mr. Burns with Scotish Verses for Craigieburnwood For a' that, & all that unpublishable."
Localization from postmark; dating from docket and internal evidence.
"Ode to Spring -- Tune, The tither morn" without edits and as published in Kinsley.
"Song -- For a' that and a' that" without edits and as published in Kinsley.
"Sweet fa's the eve on Craigieburn" without edits and as published in Kinsley.
"Ode to Spring -- Tune, The tither morn" first line: When maukin bucks, at early f--s.
"Song -- For a' that and a' that" first line: Is there, for honest Poverty.
"Sweet fa's the eve on Craigieburn" first line: Sweet fa's the eve on Craigieburn.
Part of a large collection of letters from Robert Burns to George Thomson. Items are described individually; see collection record (MA 47 and MA 50) for more information.
Description: 1 item (7 p.) ; 25 cm.

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Noting that it is difficult to write original verse on subjects, such as Spring, that poets have been describing "for these three thousand years." Mentioning that some years ago, when Burns "was young, & by no means the saint I am now," he undertook a bet to produce an Ode to Spring on an original plan. Giving the verses to his "Ode to Spring -- Tune, The tither morn." Referencing John Aikin's stance that "love & wine are the exclusive themes for song-writing," and giving the verses to his "Song -- For a' that and a' that." Continuing the letter after a fortnight on January 15, thanking him for a copy of Pindar, and giving the text of "Sweet fa's the eve on Craigieburn."

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