Index of the Project Gutenberg Works of Robert Burns by Burns, Robert




Compiled by David Widger











1771 - 1779 Song—Handsome Nell Song—O Tibbie, I Hae Seen The Day Song—I Dream'd I Lay Song—In The Character Of A Ruined Farmer Tragic Fragment Tarbolton Lasses, The Montgomerie's Peggy Ploughman's Life, The

1780 Ronalds Of The Bennals, The Song—Here's To Thy Health Lass Of Cessnock Banks, The^1 Song—Bonie Peggy Alison Song—Mary Morison

1781 Winter: A Dirge Prayer, Under The Pressure Of Violent Anguish Paraphrase Of The First Psalm First Six Verses Of The Ninetieth Psalm Versified, The Prayer, In The Prospect Of Death Stanzas, On The Same Occasion

1782 Fickle Fortune: A Fragment Raging Fortune—Fragment Of Song Impromptu—“I'll Go And Be A Sodger” Song—“No Churchman Am I” A Stanza Added In A Mason Lodge My Father Was A Farmer John Barleycorn: A Ballad

1783 Death And Dying Words Of Poor Mailie, The Author's Only Pet Yowe., The Poor Mailie's Elegy Song—The Rigs O' Barley Song Composed In August Song Song—Green Grow The Rashes Song—Wha Is That At My Bower-Door

1784 Remorse: A Fragment Epitaph On Wm. Hood, Senr., In Tarbolton Epitaph On James Grieve, Laird Of Boghead, Tarbolton Epitaph On My Own Friend And My Father's Friend, Wm. Muir In Tarbolton Mill Epitaph On My Ever Honoured Father Ballad On The American War Reply To An Announcement By J. Rankine On His Writing To The Poet, Epistle To John Rankine A Poet's Welcome To His Love-Begotten Daughter^1 Song—O Leave Novels^1 Fragment—The Mauchline Lady Fragment—My Girl She's Airy The Belles Of Mauchline Epitaph On A Noisy Polemic Epitaph On A Henpecked Country Squire Epigram On The Said Occasion Another On Tam The Chapman Epitaph On John Rankine Lines On The Author's Death Man Was Made To Mourn: A Dirge The Twa Herds; Or, The Holy Tulyie

1785 Epistle To Davie, A Brother Poet Holy Willie's Prayer Epitaph On Holy Willie Death and Doctor Hornbook Epistle To J. Lapraik, An Old Scottish Bard Second Epistle To J. Lapraik Epistle To William Simson Postcript One Night As I Did Wander Tho' Cruel Fate Should Bid Us Part Song—Rantin', Rovin' Robin^1 Elegy On The Death Of Robert Ruisseaux^1 Epistle To John Goldie, In Kilmarnock The Holy Fair^1 Third Epistle To J. Lapraik Epistle To The Rev. John M'math Second Epistle to Davie Song—Young Peggy Blooms Song—Farewell To Ballochmyle Fragment—Her Flowing Locks Halloween^1 To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough, November, 1785 Epitaph On John Dove, Innkeeper Epitaph For James Smith Adam Armour's Prayer The Jolly Beggars: A Cantata^1 Song—For A' That^1 Song—Merry Hae I Been Teethin A Heckle The Cotter's Saturday Night Address To The Deil Scotch Drink

1786 The Auld Farmer's New-Year-Morning Salutation To His Auld Mare, Maggie The Twa Dogs^1 The Author's Earnest Cry And Prayer The Ordination Epistle To James Smith The Vision Suppressed Stanza's Of “The Vision” Address To The Unco Guid, Or The Rigidly Righteous The Inventory^1 To John Kennedy, Dumfries House To Mr. M'Adam, Of Craigen-Gillan To A Louse, On Seeing One On A Lady's Bonnet, At Church Inscribed On A Work Of Hannah More's Song, Composed In Spring To A Mountain Daisy, To Ruin The Lament Despondency: An Ode To Gavin Hamilton, Esq., Mauchline, Versified Reply To An Invitation Song—Will Ye Go To The Indies, My Mary? Song—My Highland Lassie, O Epistle To A Young Friend Address Of Beelzebub A Dream A Dedication Versified Note To Dr. Mackenzie, Mauchline The Farewell To the Brethren of St. James' Lodge, Tarbolton. On A Scotch Bard, Gone To The West Indies Song—Farewell To Eliza A Bard's Epitaph Epitaph On “Wee Johnie” The Lass O' Ballochmyle Lines To An Old Sweetheart Motto Prefixed To The Author's First Publication Lines To Mr. John Kennedy Lines Written On A Banknote Stanzas On Naething The Farewell Thomson's Edward and Eleanora. The Calf Nature's Law—A Poem Song—Willie Chalmers Reply To A Trimming Epistle Received From A Tailor The Brigs Of Ayr Fragment Of Song Epigram On Rough Roads Prayer—O Thou Dread Power Farewell Song To The Banks Of Ayr Address To The Toothache Lines On Meeting With Lord Daer^1 Masonic Song Tam Samson's Elegy The Epitaph Per Contra Epistle To Major Logan Fragment On Sensibility A Winter Night Song—Yon Wild Mossy Mountains Address To Edinburgh Address To A Haggis

1787 To Miss Logan, With Beattie's Poems, For A New-Year's Gift, Jan. 1, 1787. Mr. William Smellie—A Sketch Song—Bonie Dundee Extempore In The Court Of Session Inscription For The Headstone Of Fergusson The Poet^1 Epistle To Mrs. Scott Verses Intended To Be Written Below A Noble Earl's Picture^1 Prologue The Bonie Moor-Hen Song—My Lord A-Hunting Epigram At Roslin Inn Epigram Addressed To An Artist The Book-Worms On Elphinstone's Translation Of Martial's Epigrams Song—A Bottle And Friend Epitaph For William Nicol, Of The High School, Edinburgh Epitaph For Mr. William Michie Address To Wm. Tytler, Esq., Of Woodhouselee Epigram To Miss Ainslie In Church Burlesque Lament For The Absence Of William Creech, Publisher Note to Mr. Renton Elegy On “Stella” The Bard At Inverary Epigram To Miss Jean Scott On The Death Of John M'Leod, Esq, Elegy On The Death Of Sir James Hunter Blair Impromptu On Carron Iron Works To Miss Ferrier Written By Somebody On The Window The Poet's Reply To The Threat Of A Censorious Critic The Libeller's Self-Reproof^1 Verses Written With A Pencil Song—The Birks Of Aberfeldy The Humble Petition Of Bruar Water Lines On The Fall Of Fyers Near Loch-Ness. Epigram On Parting With A Kind Host In The Highlands Strathallan's Lament^1 Castle Gordon Song—Lady Onlie, Honest Lucky Theniel Menzies' Bonie Mary The Bonie Lass Of Albany^1 On Scaring Some Water-Fowl In Loch-Turit Blythe Was She^1 A Rose-Bud By My Early Walk Song—The Banks of the Devon Epitaph For Mr. W. Cruikshank^1 Braving Angry Winter's Storms Song—My Peggy's Charms The Young Highland Rover Birthday Ode For 31st December, 1787^1 On The Death Of Robert Dundas, Esq., Of Arniston, Sylvander To Clarinda^1

1788 Love In The Guise Of Friendship Go On, Sweet Bird, And Sooth My Care Clarinda, Mistress Of My Soul I'm O'er Young To Marry Yet To The Weavers Gin Ye Go M'Pherson's Farewell Stay My Charmer Song—My Hoggie Raving Winds Around Her Blowing Up In The Morning Early Hey, The Dusty Miller Duncan Davison The Lad They Ca'Jumpin John Talk Of Him That's Far Awa To Daunton Me The Winter It Is Past The Bonie Lad That's Far Awa Verses To Clarinda The Chevalier's Lament Epistle To Hugh Parker Of A' The Airts The Wind Can Blaw^1 Song—I Hae a Wife O' My Ain Lines Written In Friars'-Carse Hermitage To Alex. Cunningham, ESQ., Writer Song.—Anna, Thy Charms The Fete Champetre Epistle To Robert Graham, Esq., Of Fintry Song.—The Day Returns Song.—O, Were I On Parnassus Hill A Mother's Lament The Fall Of The Leaf I Reign In Jeanie's Bosom Auld Lang Syne My Bonie Mary The Parting Kiss Written In Friar's-Carse Hermitage The Poet's Progress Elegy On The Year 1788 The Henpecked Husband Versicles On Sign-Posts

1789 Robin Shure In Hairst Ode, Sacred To The Memory Of Mrs. Oswald Of Auchencruive Pegasus At Wanlockhead Sappho Redivivus—A Fragment Song—She's Fair And Fause Impromptu Lines To Captain Riddell Lines To John M'Murdo, Esq. Of Drumlanrig Rhyming Reply To A Note From Captain Riddell Caledonia—A Ballad To Miss Cruickshank Beware O' Bonie Ann Ode On The Departed Regency Bill Epistle To James Tennant Of Glenconner A New Psalm For The Chapel Of Kilmarnock Sketch In Verse The Wounded Hare Delia, An Ode The Gard'ner Wi' His Paidle On A Bank Of Flowers Young Jockie Was The Blythest Lad The Banks Of Nith Jamie, Come Try Me I Love My Love In Secret Sweet Tibbie Dunbar The Captain's Lady John Anderson, My Jo My Love, She's But A Lassie Yet Song—Tam Glen Carle, An The King Come The Laddie's Dear Sel' Whistle O'er The Lave O't My Eppie Adair On The Late Captain Grose's Peregrinations Thro' Scotland Epigram On Francis Grose The Antiquary The Kirk Of Scotland's Alarm Presentation Stanzas To Correspondents Sonnet On Receiving A Favour Extemporaneous Effusion Song—Willie Brew'd A Peck O' Maut^1 Ca' The Yowes To The Knowes I Gaed A Waefu' Gate Yestreen Highland Harry Back Again The Battle Of Sherramuir The Braes O' Killiecrankie Awa' Whigs, Awa' A Waukrife Minnie The Captive Ribband My Heart's In The Highlands The Whistle—A Ballad To Mary In Heaven Epistle To Dr. Blacklock The Five Carlins Election Ballad For Westerha' Prologue Spoken At The Theatre Of Dumfries

1790 Sketch—New Year's Day [1790] Scots' Prologue For Mr. Sutherland Lines To A Gentleman, Elegy On Willie Nicol's Mare The Gowden Locks Of Anna Postscript Song—I Murder Hate Gudewife, Count The Lawin Election Ballad Elegy On Captain Matthew Henderson The Epitaph Verses On Captain Grose Tam O' Shanter On The Birth Of A Posthumous Child Elegy On The Late Miss Burnet Of Monboddo

1791 Lament Of Mary, Queen Of Scots, On The Approach Of Spring There'll Never Be Peace Till Jamie Comes Hame Song—Out Over The Forth The Banks O' Doon—First Version The Banks O' Doon—Second Version The Banks O' Doon—Third Version Lament For James, Earl Of Glencairn Lines Sent To Sir John Whiteford, Bart Craigieburn Wood Epigram On Miss Davies The Charms Of Lovely Davies What Can A Young Lassie Do Wi' An Auld Man The Posie On Glenriddell's Fox Breaking His Chain Poem On Pastoral Poetry Verses On The Destruction Of The Woods Near Drumlanrig The Gallant Weaver Epigram At Brownhill Inn^1 Lovely Polly Stewart Fragment,—Damon And Sylvia Johnie Lad, Cock Up Your Beaver My Eppie Macnab Altho' He Has Left Me My Tocher's The Jewel O For Ane An' Twenty, Tam Thou Fair Eliza My Bonie Bell Sweet Afton Address To The Shade Of Thomson Nithsdale's Welcome Hame Frae The Friends And Land I Love Such A Parcel Of Rogues In A Nation Ye Jacobites By Name I Hae Been At Crookieden O Kenmure's On And Awa, Willie Epistle To John Maxwell, ESQ., Of Terraughty Second Epistle To Robert Graham, ESQ., Of Fintry The Song Of Death Poem On Sensibility The Toadeater Divine Service In The Kirk Of Lamington The Keekin'-Glass A Grace Before Dinner, Extempore A Grace After Dinner, Extempore O May, Thy Morn Ae Fond Kiss, And Then We Sever Behold The Hour, The Boat, Arrive Thou Gloomy December My Native Land Sae Far Awa

1792 I do Confess Thou Art Sae Fair Lines On Fergusson, The Poet The Weary Pund O' Tow When She Cam' Ben She Bobbed Scroggam, My Dearie My Collier Laddie Sic A Wife As Willie Had Lady Mary Ann Kellyburn Braes The Slave's Lament O Can Ye Labour Lea? The Deuks Dang O'er My Daddie The Deil's Awa Wi' The Exciseman The Country Lass Bessy And Her Spinnin' Wheel Love For Love Saw Ye Bonie Lesley Fragment Of Song I'll Meet Thee On The Lea Rig My Wife's A Winsome Wee Thing Highland Mary Auld Rob Morris The Rights Of Woman Epigram On Seeing Miss Fontenelle In A Favourite Character Extempore On Some Commemorations Of Thomson Duncan Gray Here's A Health To Them That's Awa A Tippling Ballad

1793 Poortith Cauld And Restless Love On Politics Braw Lads O' Galla Water Sonnet Written On The Author's Birthday, Wandering Willie—First Version Wandering Willie—Revised Version Lord Gregory Open The Door To Me, Oh Lovely Young Jessie Meg O' The Mill Meg O' The Mill—Another Version The Soldier's Return Versicles, A.D. 1793 The True Loyal Natives On Commissary Goldie's Brains Lines Inscribed In A Lady's Pocket Almanac Thanksgiving For A National Victory Lines On The Commemoration Of Rodney's Victory The Raptures Of Folly Kirk and State Excisemen Extempore Reply To An Invitation Grace After Meat Grace Before And After Meat Impromptu On General Dumourier's Desertion From The French Republican Army The Last Time I Came O'er The Moor Logan Braes Blythe Hae I been On Yon Hill O Were My Love Yon Lilac Fair Bonie Jean—A Ballad Lines On John M'Murdo, ESQ. Epitaph On A Lap-Dog Epigrams Against The Earl Of Galloway Epigram On The Laird Of Laggan Song—Phillis The Fair Song—Had I A Cave Song—By Allan Stream Whistle, And I'll Come To You, My Lad Phillis The Queen O' The Fair Come, Let Me Take Thee To My Breast Dainty Davie Robert Bruce's March To Bannockburn Behold The Hour, The Boat Arrive Down The Burn, Davie Thou Hast Left Me Ever, Jamie Where Are The Joys I have Met? Deluded Swain, The Pleasure Thine Am I, My Faithful Fair On Mrs. Riddell's Birthday My Spouse Nancy Address Complimentary Epigram On Maria Riddell

1794 Remorseful Apology Wilt Thou Be My Dearie? A Fiddler In The North The Minstrel At Lincluden A Vision A Red, Red Rose Young Jamie, Pride Of A' The Plain The Flowery Banks Of Cree Monody The Epitaph Pinned To Mrs. Walter Riddell's Carriage Epitaph For Mr. Walter Riddell Epistle From Esopus To Maria Epitaph On A Noted Coxcomb On Capt. Lascelles On Wm. Graham, Esq., Of Mossknowe On John Bushby, Esq., Tinwald Downs Sonnet On The Death Of Robert Riddell The Lovely Lass O' Inverness Charlie, He's My Darling Bannocks O' Bear Meal The Highland Balou The Highland Widow's Lament It Was A' For Our Rightfu' King Ode For General Washington's Birthday Inscription To Miss Graham Of Fintry On The Seas And Far Away Ca' The Yowes To The Knowes—Second Version She Says She Loes Me Best Of A' To Dr. Maxwell To The Beautiful Miss Eliza J—N On Chloris On Seeing Mrs. Kemble In Yarico Epigram On A Country Laird, On Being Shewn A Beautiful Country Seat On Hearing It Asserted Falsehood On A Suicide On A Swearing Coxcomb On An Innkeeper Nicknamed “The Marquis” On Andrew Turner Pretty Peg Esteem For Chloris Saw Ye My Dear, My Philly How Lang And Dreary Is The Night Inconstancy In Love The Lover's Morning Salute To His Mistress The Winter Of Life Behold, My Love, How Green The Groves The Charming Month Of May Lassie Wi' The Lint-White Locks Dialogue song—Philly And Willy Contented Wi' Little And Cantie Wi' Mair Farewell Thou Stream Canst Thou Leave Me Thus, My Katie My Nanie's Awa The Tear-Drop For The Sake O' Somebody

1795 A Man's A Man For A' That Craigieburn Wood Versicles of 1795 The Solemn League And Covenant Lines sent with a Present of a Dozen of Porter. Inscription On A Goblet Apology For Declining An Invitation To Dine Epitaph For Mr. Gabriel Richardson Epigram On Mr. James Gracie Bonie Peg-a-Ramsay Inscription At Friars' Carse Hermitage There Was A Bonie Lass Wee Willie Gray O Aye My Wife She Dang Me Gude Ale Keeps The Heart Aboon O Steer Her Up An' Haud Her Gaun The Lass O' Ecclefechan O Let Me In Thes Ae Night Her Answer I'll Aye Ca' In By Yon Town O Wat Ye Wha's In Yon Town Ballads on Mr. Heron's Election, 1795 Inscription For An Altar Of Independence The Cardin O't, The Spinnin O't The Cooper O' Cuddy The Lass That Made The Bed To Me Had I The Wyte? She Bade Me Does Haughty Gaul Invasion Threat? Address To The Woodlark Song.—On Chloris Being Ill How Cruel Are The Parents Mark Yonder Pomp Of Costly Fashion 'Twas Na Her Bonie Blue E'e Their Groves O'Sweet Myrtle Forlorn, My Love, No Comfort Near Fragment,—Why, Why Tell The Lover The Braw Wooer This Is No My Ain Lassie O Bonie Was Yon Rosy Brier Song Inscribed To Alexander Cunningham O That's The Lassie O' My Heart Inscription Fragment.—Leezie Lindsay Fragment.—The Wren's Nest News, Lassies, News Crowdie Ever Mair Mally's Meek, Mally's Sweet Jockey's Taen The Parting Kiss Verses To Collector Mitchell Postscript

1796 The Dean Of Faculty Epistle To Colonel De Peyster A Lass Wi' A Tocher Heron Election Ballad, No. IV. Complimentary Versicles To Jessie Lewars O Lay Thy Loof In Mine, Lass A Health To Ane I Loe Dear O Wert Thou In The Cauld Blast Inscription To Miss Jessy Lewars Fairest Maid On Devon Banks


THE COMPLETE WORKS OF ROBERT BURNS Containing His Poems, Songs, And Correspondence With A New Life Of The Poet By Allan Cunningham Illustrated

CONTENTS PAGE The Life of Robert Burns xxiii Preface to the Kilmarnock Edition of 1786 lix Dedication to the Edinburgh Edition of 1787 vii POEMS. PAGE Winter. A Dirge 61 The Death and dying Words of poor Mailie 61 Poor Mailie’s Elegy 62 First Epistle to Davie, a brother Poet 63 Second 65 Address to the Deil 65 The auld Farmer’s New-year Morning Salutation to his auld Mare Maggie 67 To a Haggis 68 A Prayer under the pressure of violent Anguish 69 A Prayer in the prospect of Death 69 Stanzas on the same occasion 69 A Winter Night 70 Remorse. A Fragment 71 The Jolly Beggars. A Cantata 71 Death and Dr. Hornbook. A True Story 76 The Twa Herds; or, the Holy Tulzie 78 Holy Willie’s Prayer 79 Epitaph to Holy Willie 80 The Inventory; in answer to a mandate by the surveyor of taxes 81 The Holy Fair 82 The Ordination 84 The Calf 86 To James Smith 86 The Vision 88 Halloween 92 Man was made to Mourn. A Dirge 95 To Ruin 96 To John Goudie of Kilmarnock, on the publication of his Essays 97 To J. Lapraik, an old Scottish Bard. First Epistle 97 To J. Lapraik. Second Epistle 99 To J. Lapraik. Third Epistle 100 To William Simpson, Ochiltree 101 Address to an illegitimate Child 103 Nature’s Law. A Poem humbly inscribed to G.H., Esq. 103 To the Rev. John M’Math 104 To a Mouse 105 Scotch Drink 106 The Author’s earnest Cry and Prayer to the Scotch Representatives of the House of Commons 107 Address to the unco Guid, or the rigidly Righteous 110 Tam Samson’s Elegy 111 Lament, occasioned by the unfortunate issue of a Friend’s Amour 112 Despondency. An Ode 113 The Cotter’s Saturday Night 114 The first Psalm 117 The first six Verses of the ninetieth Psalm 118 To a Mountain Daisy 118 Epistle to a young Friend 119 To a Louse, on seeing one on a Lady’s Bonnet at Church 120 Epistle to J. Rankine, enclosing some Poems 121 On a Scotch Bard, gone to the West Indies 122 The Farewell 123 Written on the blank leaf of my Poems, presented to an old Sweetheart then married 123 A Dedication to Gavin Hamilton, Esq. 123 Elegy on the Death of Robert Ruisseaux 125 Letter to James Tennant of Glenconner 125 On the Birth of a posthumous Child 126 To Miss Cruikshank 126 Willie Chalmers 127 Verses left in the room where he slept 128 To Gavin Hamilton, Esq., recommending a boy 128 To Mr. M’Adam, of Craigen-gillan 129 Answer to a Poetical Epistle sent to the Author by a Tailor 129 To J. Rankine. “I am a keeper of the law.” 130 Lines written on a Bank-note 130 A Dream 130 A Bard’s Epitaph 132 The Twa Dogs. A Tale 132 Lines on meeting with Lord Daer 135 Address to Edinburgh 136 Epistle to Major Logan 137 The Brigs of Ayr 138 On the Death of Robert Dundas, Esq., of Arniston, late Lord President of the Court of Session 141 On reading in a Newspaper the Death of John M’Leod, Esq. 141 To Miss Logan, with Beattie’s Poems 142 The American War, A fragment 142 The Dean of Faculty. A new Ballad 143 To a Lady, with a Present of a Pair of Drinking-glasses 144 To Clarinda 144 Verses written under the Portrait of the Poet Fergusson 144 Prologue spoken by Mr. Woods, on his Benefit-night, Monday, April 16, 1787 145 Sketch. A Character 145 To Mr. Scott, of Wauchope 145 Epistle to William Creech 146 The humble Petition of Bruar-Water, to the noble Duke of Athole 147 On scaring some Water-fowl in Loch Turit 148 Written with a pencil, over the chimney-piece, in the parlour of the Inn at Kenmore, Taymouth 149 Written with a pencil, standing by the Fall of Fyers, near Loch Ness 149 To Mr. William Tytler, with the present of the Bard’s picture 150 Written in Friars-Carse Hermitage, on the banks of Nith, June, 1780. First Copy 150 The same. December, 1788. Second Copy 151 To Captain Riddel, of Glenriddel. Extempore lines on returning a Newspaper 152 A Mother’s Lament for the Death of her Son 152 First Epistle to Robert Graham, Esq., of Fintray 152 On the Death of Sir James Hunter Blair 153 Epistle to Hugh Parker 154 Lines, intended to be written under a Noble Earl’s Picture 155 Elegy on the year 1788. A Sketch 155 Address to the Toothache 155 Ode. Sacred to the memory of Mrs. Oswald, of Auchencruive 156 Fragment inscribed to the Right Hon. C.J. Fox 156 On seeing a wounded Hare limp by me, which a Fellow had just shot 157 To Dr. Blacklock. In answer to a Letter 158 Delia. An Ode 159 To John M’Murdo, Esq. 159 Prologue, spoken at the Theatre, Dumfries, 1st January, 1790 159 Scots Prologue, for Mr. Sutherland’s Benefit-night, Dumfries 160 Sketch. New-year’s Day. To Mrs. Dunlop 160 To a Gentleman who had sent him a Newspaper, and offered to continue it free of expense 161 The Kirk’s Alarm. A Satire. First Version 162 The Kirk’s Alarm. A Ballad. Second Version 163 Peg Nicholson 165 On Captain Matthew Henderson, a gentleman who held the patent for his honours immediately from Almighty God 165 The Five Carlins. A Scots Ballad 167 The Laddies by the Banks o’ Nith 168 Epistle to Robert Graham, Esq., of Fintray, on the close of the disputed Election between Sir James Johnstone, and Captain Miller, for the Dumfries district of Boroughs 169 On Captain Grose’s Peregrination through Scotland, collecting the Antiquities of that kingdom 170 Written in a wrapper, enclosing a letter to Captain Grose 171 Tam O’ Shanter. A Tale 171 Address of Beelzebub to the President of the Highland Society 174 To John Taylor 175 Lament of Mary Queen of Scots, on the approach of Spring 175 The Whistle 176 Elegy on Miss Burnet of Monboddo 178 Lament for James, Earl of Glencairn 178 Lines sent to Sir John Whitefoord, Bart., of Whitefoord, with the foregoing Poem 179 Address to the Shade of Thomson, on crowning his Bust at Ednam with bays 179 To Robert Graham, Esq., of Fintray 180 To Robert Graham, Esq., of Fintray, on receiving a favour 181 A Vision 181 To John Maxwell, of Terraughty, on his birthday 182 The Rights of Women, an occasional Address spoken by Miss Fontenelle, on her benefit-night, Nov. 26, 1792 182 Monody on a Lady famed for her caprice 183 Epistle from Esopus to Maria 184 Poem on Pastoral Poetry 185 Sonnet, written on the 25th January, 1793, the birthday of the Author, on hearing a thrush sing in a morning walk 185 Sonnet on the death of Robert Riddel, Esq., of Glenriddel, April, 1794 186 Impromptu on Mrs. Riddel’s birthday 186 Liberty. A Fragment 186 Verses to a young Lady 186 The Vowels. A Tale 187 Verses to John Rankine 187 On Sensibility. To my dear and much-honoured friend, Mrs. Dunlop, of Dunlop 188 Lines sent to a Gentleman whom he had offended 188 Address spoken by Miss Fontenelle on her Benefit-night 188 On seeing Miss Fontenelle in a favourite character 189 To Chloris 189 Poetical Inscription for an Altar to Independence 189 The Heron Ballads. Balled First 190 The Heron Ballads. Ballad Second 190 The Heron Ballads. Ballad Third 192 Poem addressed to Mr. Mitchell, Collector of Excise, Dumfries, 1796 193 To Miss Jessy Lewars, Dumfries, with Johnson’s Musical Museum 193 Poem on Life, addressed to Colonel de Peyster, Dumfries, 1796 193 EPITAPHS, EPIGRAMS, FRAGMENTS On the Author’s Father 194 On R.A., Esq. 194 On a Friend 194 For Gavin Hamilton 194 On wee Johnny 195 On John Dove, Innkeeper, Mauchline 195 On a Wag in Mauchline 195 On a celebrated ruling Elder 195 On a noisy Polemic 195 On Miss Jean Scott 195 On a henpecked Country Squire 195 On the same 196 On the same 196 The Highland Welcome 196 On William Smellie 196 Written on a window of the Inn at Carron 196 The Book-worms 196 Lines on Stirling 197 The Reproof 197 The Reply 197 Lines written under the Picture of the celebrated Miss Burns 197 Extempore in the Court of Session 197 The henpecked Husband 197 Written at Inverary 198 On Elphinston’s Translation of Martial’s Epigrams 198 Inscription on the Head-stone of Fergusson 198 On a Schoolmaster 198 A Grace before Dinner 198 A Grace before Meat 198 On Wat 198 On Captain Francis Grose 199 Impromptu to Miss Ainslie 199 The Kirk of Lamington 199 The League and Covenant 199 Written on a pane of glass in the Inn at Moffat 199 Spoken on being appointed to the Excise 199 Lines on Mrs. Kemble 199 To Mr. Syme 200 To Mr. Syme, with a present of a dozen of porter 200 A Grace 200 Inscription on a goblet 200 The Invitation 200 The Creed of Poverty 200 Written in a Lady’s pocket-book 200 The Parson’s Looks 200 The Toad-eater 201 On Robert Riddel 201 The Toast 201 On a Person nicknamed the Marquis 201 Lines written on a window 201 Lines written on a window of the Globe Tavern, Dumfries 201 The Selkirk Grace 202 To Dr. Maxwell, on Jessie Staig’s recovery 202 Epitaph 202 Epitaph on William Nicol 202 On the Death of a Lapdog, named Echo 202 On a noted Coxcomb 202 On seeing the beautiful Seat of Lord Galloway 202 On the same 203 On the same 203 To the same, on the Author being threatened with his resentment 203 On a Country Laird 203 On John Bushby 203 The true loyal Natives 203 On a Suicide 203 Extempore, pinned on a Lady’s coach 203 Lines to John Rankine 204 Jessy Lewars 204 The Toast 204 On Miss Jessy Lewars 204 On the recovery of Jessy Lewars 204 Tam the Chapman 204 “Here’s a bottle and an honest friend” 205 “Tho’ fickle fortune has deceived me” 205 To John Kennedy 205 To the same 205 “There’s naethin’ like the honest nappy” 205 On the blank leaf of a work by Hannah More, presented by Mrs. C 206 To the Men and Brethren of the Masonic Lodge at Tarbolton 206 Impromptu 206 Prayer for Adam Armour 206 SONGS AND BALLADS Handsome Nell 207 Luckless Fortune 208 “I dream’d I lay where flowers were springing” 208 Tibbie, I hae seen the day 208 “My father was a farmer upon the Carrick border” 209 John Barleycorn. A Ballad 210 The Rigs o’ Barley 210 Montgomery’s Peggy 211 The Mauchline Lady 211 The Highland Lassie 211 Peggy 212 The rantin’ Dog the Daddie o’t 213 “My heart was ance as blithe and free” 213 My Nannie O 213 A Fragment. “One night as I did wander” 214 Bonnie Peggy Alison 214 Green grow the Rashes, O 214 My Jean 215 Robin 215 “Her flowing locks, the raven’s wing” 216 “O leave novels, ye Mauchline belles” 216 Young Peggy 216 The Cure for all Care 217 Eliza 217 The Sons of Old Killie 217 And maun I still on Menie doat 218 The Farewell to the Brethren of St. James’s Lodge, Tarbolton 218 On Cessnock Banks 219 Mary 220 The Lass of Ballochmyle 220 “The gloomy night is gathering fast” 221 “O whar did ye get that hauver meal bannock?” 221 The Joyful Widower 221 “O Whistle, and I’ll come to you, my lad” 222 “I am my mammy’s ae bairn” 222 The Birks of Aberfeldy 222 Macpherson’s Farewell 223 Braw, braw Lads of Galla Water 223 “Stay, my charmer, can you leave me?” 224 Strathallan’s Lament 224 My Hoggie 224 Her Daddie forbad, her Minnie forbad 224 Up in the Morning early 225 The young Highland Rover 225 Hey the dusty Miller 225 Duncan Davison 226 Theniel Menzies’ bonnie Mary 226 The Banks of the Devon 226 Weary fa’ you, Duncan Gray 227 The Ploughman 227 Landlady, count the Lawin 228 “Raving winds around her blowing” 228 “How long and dreary is the night” 228 Musing on the roaring Ocean 229 Blithe, blithe and merry was she 229 The blude red rose at Yule may blaw 229 O’er the Water to Charlie 230 A Rose-bud by my early walk 230 Rattlin’, roarin’ Willie 230 Where braving angry Winter’s Storms 231 Tibbie Dunbar 231 Bonnie Castle Gordon 231 My Harry was a gallant gay 232 The Tailor fell through the bed, thimbles an’ a’ 232 Ay Waukin O! 232 Beware o’ Bonnie Ann 233 The Gardener wi’ his paidle 233 Blooming Nelly 233 The day returns, my bosom burns 234 My Love she’s but a lassie yet 234 Jamie, come try me 234 Go fetch to me a Pint O’ Wine 235 The Lazy Mist 235 O mount and go 235 Of a’ the airts the wind can blaw 235 Whistle o’er the lave o’t 236 O were I on Parnassus’ Hill 236 “There’s a youth in this city” 237 My heart’s in the Highlands 237 John Anderson, my Jo 237 Awa, Whigs, awa 238 Ca’ the Ewes to the Knowes 238 Merry hae I been teethin’ a heckle 239 The Braes of Ballochmyle 239 To Mary in Heaven 239 Eppie Adair 240 The Battle of Sherriff-muir 240 Young Jockey was the blithest lad 241 O Willie brewed a peck o’ maut 241 The braes o’ Killiecrankie, O 241 I gaed a waefu’ gate yestreen 242 The Banks of Nith 242 Tam Glen 242 Frae the friends and land I love 243 Craigie-burn Wood 243 Cock up your Beaver 244 O meikle thinks my luve o’ my beauty 244 Gudewife, count the Lawin 244 There’ll never be peace till Jamie comes hame 245 The bonnie lad that’s far awa 245 I do confess thou art sae fair 245 Yon wild mossy mountains sae lofty and wide 246 It is na, Jean, thy bonnie face 246 When I think on the happy days 247 Whan I sleep I dream 247 “I murder hate by field or flood” 247 O gude ale comes and gude ale goes 247 Robin shure in hairst 248 Bonnie Peg 248 Gudeen to you, Kimmer 248 Ah, Chloris, since it may na be 249 Eppie M’Nab 249 Wha is that at my bower-door 249 What can a young lassie do wi’ an auld man 250 Bonnie wee thing, cannie wee thing 250 The tither morn when I forlorn 250 Ae fond kiss, and then we sever 251 Lovely Davies 251 The weary Pond o’ Tow 252 Naebody 252 An O for ane and twenty, Tam 252 O Kenmure’s on and awa, Willie 253 The Collier Laddie 253 Nithsdale’s Welcome Hame 254 As I was a-wand’ring ae Midsummer e’enin 254 Bessy and her Spinning-wheel 254 The Posie 255 The Country Lass 255 Turn again, thou fair Eliza 256 Ye Jacobites by name 256 Ye flowery banks o’bonnie Doon 257 Ye banks and braes o’ bonnie Doon 257 Willie Wastle 257 O Lady Mary Ann 258 Such a parcel of rogues in a nation 258 The Carle of Kellyburn braes 259 Jockey’s ta’en the parting kiss 260 Lady Onlie 260 The Chevalier’s Lament 260 Song of Death 261 Flow gently, sweet Afton 261 Bonnie Bell 262 Hey ca’ thro’, ca’ thro’ 262 The Gallant weaver 262 The deuks dang o’er my Daddie 262 She’s fair and fause 263 The Deil cam’ fiddling thro’ the town 263 The lovely Lass of Inverness 263 O my luve’s like a red, red rose 264 Louis, what reck I by thee 264 Had I the wyte she bade me 264 Coming through the rye 265 Young Jamie, pride of a’ the plain 265 Out over the Forth I look to the north 265 The Lass of Ecclefechan 265 The Cooper o’ Cuddie 266 For the sake of somebody 266 I coft a stane o’ haslock woo 266 The lass that made the bed for me 267 Sae far awa 267 I’ll ay ca’ in by yon town 268 O wat ye wha’s in yon town 268 O May, thy morn 269 Lovely Polly Stewart 269 Bonnie laddie, Highland laddie 269 Anna, thy charms my bosom fire 270 Cassilis’ Banks 270 To thee, lov’d Nith 270 Bannocks o’ Barley 270 Hee Balou! my sweet wee Donald 270 Wae is my heart, and the tear’s in my e’e 271 Here’s his health in water 271 My Peggy’s face, my Peggy’s form 271 Gloomy December 272 My lady’s gown, there’s gairs upon ’t 272 Amang the trees, where humming bees 272 The gowden locks of Anna 273 My ain kind dearie, O 273 Will ye go to the Indies, my Mary 273 She is a winsome wee thing 274 Bonny Leslie 274 Highland Mary 275 Auld Rob Morris 275 Duncan Gray 276 O poortith cauld, and restless love 276 Galla Water 277 Lord Gregory 277 Mary Morison 277 Wandering Willie. First Version 278 Wandering Willie. Last Version 278 Oh, open the door to me, oh! 279 Jessie 279 The poor and honest sodger 279 Meg o’ the Mill 280 Blithe hae I been on yon hill 281 Logan Water 281 “O were my love yon lilac fair” 281 Bonnie Jean 282 Phillis the fair 283 Had I a cave on some wild distant shore 283 By Allan stream 283 O Whistle, and I’ll come to you, my lad 284 Adown windng Nith I did wander 284 Come, let me take thee to my breast 285 Daintie Davie 285 Scots wha hae wi’ Wallace bled. First Version 285 Scots wha hae wi’ Wallace bled. Second Version 286 Behold the hour, the boat arrives 287 Thou hast left me ever, Jamie 287 Auld lang syne 287 “Where are the joys I have met in the morning” 288 “Deluded swain, the pleasure” 288 Nancy 288 Husband, husband, cease your strife 289 Wilt thou be my dearie? 289 But lately seen in gladsome green 290 “Could aught of song declare my pains” 290 Here’s to thy health, my bonnie lass 290 It was a’ for our rightfu’ king 291 O steer her up and haud her gaun 291 O ay my wife she dang me 291 O wert thou in the cauld blast 292 The Banks of Cree 292 On the seas and far away 292 Ca’ the Yowes to the Knowes 293 Sae flaxen were her ringlets 293 O saw ye my dear, my Phely? 294 How lang and dreary is the night 294 Let not woman e’er complain 294 The Lover’s Morning Salute to his Mistress 295 My Chloris, mark how green the groves 295 Youthful Chloe, charming Chloe 296 Lassie wi’ the lint-white locks 296 Farewell, thou stream, that winding flows 296 O Philly, happy be the day 297 Contented wi’ little and cantie wi’ mair 297 Canst thou leave me thus, my Katy 298 My Nannie’s awa 298 O wha is she that lo’es me 299 Caledonia 299 O lay thy loof in mine, lass 300 The Fête Champêtre 300 Here’s a health to them that’s awa 301 For a’ that, and a’ that 301 Craigieburn Wood 302 O lassie, art thou sleeping yet 302 O tell na me o’ wind and rain 303 The Dumfries Volunteers 303 Address to the Wood-lark 304 On Chloris being ill 304 Their groves o’ sweet myrtle let foreign lands reckon 304 ’Twas na her bonnie blue een was my ruin 305 How cruel are the parents 305 Mark yonder pomp of costly fashion 305 O this is no my ain lassie 306 Now Spring has clad the grove in green 306 O bonnie was yon rosy brier 307 Forlorn my love, no comfort near 307 Last May a braw wooer cam down the lang glen 307 Chloris 308 The Highland Widow’s Lament 308 To General Dumourier 309 Peg-a-Ramsey 309 There was a bonnie lass 309 O Mally’s meek, Mally’s sweet 309 Hey for a lass wi’ a tocher 310 Jessy. “Here’s a health to ane I lo’e dear” 310 Fairest Maid on Devon banks 311 GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE 1781. No. I. To William Burness. His health a little better, but tired of life. The Revelations 311 1783. II. To Mr. John Murdoch. His present studies and temper of mind 312 III. To Mr. James Burness. His father’s illness, and sad state of the country 313 IV. To Miss E. Love 314 V. To Miss E. Love 314 VI. To Miss E. Love 315 VII. To Miss E. On her refusal of his hand 316 VIII. To Robert Riddel, Esq. Observations on poetry and human life 316 1784. IX. To Mr. James Burness. On the death of his father 322 X. To Mr. James Burness. Account of the Buchanites 322 XI. To Miss ——. With a book 323 1786. XII. To Mr. John Richmond. His progress in poetic composition 323 XIII. To Mr. John Kennedy. The Cotter’s Saturday Night 324 XIV. To Mr. Robert Muir. Enclosing his “Scotch Drink” 324 XV. To Mr. Aiken. Enclosing a stanza on the blank leaf of a book by Hannah More 324 XVI. To Mr. M’Whinnie, Subscriptions 324 XVII. To Mr. John Kennedy. Enclosing “The Gowan” 325 XVIII. To Mon. James Smith. His voyage to the West Indies 325 XIX. To Mr. John Kennedy. His poems in the press. Subscriptions 325 XX. To Mr. David Brice. Jean Armour’s return,—printing his poems 326 XXI. To Mr. Robert Aiken. Distress of mind 326 XXII. To Mr. John Richmond. Jean Armour 327 XXIII. To John Ballantyne, Esq. Aiken’s coldness. His marriage-lines destroyed 328 XXIV. To Mr. David Brice. Jean Armour. West Indies 328 XXV. To Mr. John Richmond. West Indies The Armours 328 XXVI. To Mr. Robert Muir. Enclosing “The Calf” 329 XXVII. To Mrs. Dunlop. Thanks for her notice. Sir William Wallace 329 XXVIII. To Mr. John Kennedy. Jamaica 330 XXIX. To Mr. James Burness. His departure uncertain 330 XXX. To Miss Alexander. “The Lass of Ballochmyle” 330 XXXI. To Mrs. Stewart, of Stair and Afton. Enclosing some songs. Miss Alexander 331 XXXII. Proclamation in the name of the Muses 332 XXXIII. To Mr. Robert Muir. Enclosing “Tam Samson.” His Edinburgh expedition 332 XXXIV. To Dr. Mackenzie. Enclosing the verses on dining with Lord Daer 332 XXXV. To Gavin Hamilton, Esq. Rising fame. Patronage 333 XXXVI. To John Ballantyne, Esq. His patrons and patronesses. The Lounger 333 XXXVII. To Mr. Robert Muir. A note of thanks. Talks of sketching the history of his life 334 XXXVIII. To Mr. William Chalmers. A humorous sally 334 1787. XXXIX. To the Earl of Eglinton. Thanks for his patronage 335 XL. To Gavin Hamilton, Esq. Love 335 XLI. To John Ballantyne, Esq. Mr. Miller’s offer of a farm 335 XLII. To John Ballantyne, Esq. Enclosing “The Banks o’ Doon.” First Copy 336 XLIII. To Mrs. Dunlop. Dr. Moore and Lord Eglinton. His situation in Edinburgh 336 XLIV. To Dr. Moore. Acknowledgments for his notice 337 XLV. To the Rev. G. Lowrie. Reflections on his situation in life. Dr. Blacklock, Mackenzie 338 XLVI. To Dr. Moore. Miss Williams 338 XLVII. To John Ballantyne, Esq. His portrait engraving 339 XLVIII. To the Earl of Glencairn. Enclosing “Lines intended to be written under a noble Earl’s picture” 339 XLIX. To the Earl of Buchan. In reply to a letter of advice 339 L. To Mr. James Candlish. Still “the old man with his deeds” 340 LI. To ——. On Fergusson’s headstone 341 LII. To Mrs. Dunlop. His prospects on leaving Edinburgh 341 LIII. To Mrs. Dunlop. A letter of acknowledgment for the payment of the subscription 342 LIV. To Mr. Sibbald. Thanks for his notice in the magazine 343 LV. To Dr. Moore. Acknowledging the present of his View of Society 343 LVI. To Mr. Dunlop. Reply to criticisms 343 LVII. To the Rev. Dr. Hugh Blair. On leaving Edinburgh. Thanks for his kindness 344 LVIII. To the Earl of Glencairn. On leaving Edinburgh 344 LIX. To Mr. William Dunbar. Thanking him for the present of Spenser’s poems 344 LX. To Mr. James Johnson. Sending a song to the Scots Musical Museum 345 LXI. To Mr. William Creech. His tour on the Border. Epistle in verse to Creech 345 LXII. To Mr. Patison. Business 345 LXIII. To Mr. W. Nicol. A ride described in broad Scotch 346 LXIV. To Mr. James Smith. Unsettled in life. Jamaica 346 LXV. To Mr. W. Nicol. Mr. Miller, Mr. Burnside. Bought a pocket Milton 347 LXVI. To Mr. James Candlish. Seeking a copy of Lowe’s poem of “Pompey’s Ghost” 347 LXVII. To Robert Ainslie, Esq. His tour 348 LXVIII. To Mr. W. Nicol. Auchtertyre 348 LXIX. To Mr. Wm. Cruikshank. Auchtertyre 348 LXX. To Mr. James Smith. An adventure 349 LXXI. To Mr. John Richmond. His rambles 350 LXXII. To Mr. Robert Ainslie. Sets high value on his friendship 350 LXXIII. To the same. Nithsdale and Edinburgh 350 LXXIV. To Dr. Moore. Account of his own life 351 LXXV. To Mr. Robert Ainslie. A humorous letter 357 LXXVI. To Mr. Robert Muir. Stirling, Bannockburn 357 LXXVII. To Gavin Hamilton, Esq. Of Mr. Hamilton’s own family 358 LXXVIII. To Mr. Walker. Bruar Water. The Athole family 359 LXXIX. To Mr. Gilbert Burns. Account of his Highland tour 359 LXXX. To Miss Margaret Chalmers. Charlotte Hamilton. Skinner. Nithsdale 360 LXXXI. To the same. Charlotte Hamilton, and “The Banks of the Devon” 360 LXXXII. To James Hoy, Esq. Mr. Nicol. Johnson’s Musical Museum 361 LXXXIII. To Rev. John Skinner. Thanking him for his poetic compliment 361 LXXXIV. To James Hoy, Esq. Song by the Duke of Gordon 362 LXXXV. To Mr. Robert Ainslie. His friendship for him 363 LXXXVI. To the Earl of Glencairn. Requesting his aid in obtaining an excise appointment 363 LXXXVII. To James Dalrymple, Esq. Rhyme. Lord Glencairn 363 LXXXVIII. To Charles Hay, Esq. Enclosing his poem on the death of the Lord President Dundas 364 LXXXIX. To Miss M——n. Compliments 364 XC. To Miss Chalmers. Charlotte Hamilton 365 XCI. To the same. His bruised limb. The Bible. The Ochel Hills 365 XCII. To the same. His motto—“I dare.” His own worst enemy 365 XCIII. To Sir John Whitefoord. Thanks for his friendship. Of poets 366 XCIV. To Miss Williams. Comments on her poem of the Slave Trade 366 XCV. To Mr. Richard Brown. Recollections of early life. Clarinda 368 XCVI. To Gavin Hamilton, Esq. Prayer for his health 369 XCVII. To Miss Chalmers. Complimentary poems. Creech 369 1788. XCVIII. To Mrs. Dunlop. Lowness of spirits. Leaving Edinburgh 370 XCIX. To the same. Religion 370 C. To the Rev. John Skinner. Tullochgorum. Skinner’s Latin 370 CI. To Mr. Richard Brown. His arrival in Glasgow 371 CII. To Mrs. Rose of Kilravock. Recollections of Kilravock 371 CIII. To Mr. Richard Brown. Friendship. The pleasures of the present 372 CIV. To Mr. William Cruikshank. Ellisland. Plans in life 372 CV. To Mr. Robert Ainslie. Ellisland. Edinburgh. Clarinda 373 CVI. To Mr. Richard Brown. Idleness. Farming 374 CVII. To Mr. Robert Muir. His offer for Ellisland. The close of life 374 CVIII. To Miss Chalmers. Taken Ellisland. Miss Kennedy 375 CIX. To Mrs. Dunlop. Coila’s robe 375 CX. To Mr. Richard Brown. Apologies. On his way to Dumfries from Glasgow 375 CXI. To Mr. Robert Cleghorn. Poet and fame. The air of Captain O’Kean 376 CXII. To Mr. William Dunbar. Foregoing poetry and wit for farming and business 376 CXIII. To Miss Chalmers. Miss Kennedy. Jean Armour 377 CXIV. To the same. Creech’s rumoured bankruptcy 377 CXV. To the same. His entering the Excise 377 CXVI. To Mrs. Dunlop. Fanning and the Excise. Thanks for the loan of Dryden and Tasso 378 CXVII. To Mr. James Smith. Jocularity. Jean Armour 378 CXVIII. To Professor Dugald Stewart. Enclosing some poetic trifles 379 CXIX. To Mrs. Dunlop. Dryden’s Virgil. His preference of Dryden to Pope 379 CXX. To Mr. Robert Ainslie. His marriage. 379 CXXI. To Mrs. Dunlop. On the treatment of servants 380 CXXII. To the same. The merits of Mrs. Burns 380 CXXIII. To Mr. Robert Ainslie. The warfare of life. Books. Religion 381 CXXIV. To the same. Miers’ profiles 382 CXXV. To the same. Of the folly of talking of one’s private affairs 382 CXXVI. To Mr. George Lockhart. The Miss Baillies. Bruar Water 383 CXXVII. To Mr. Peter Hill. With the present of a cheese 383 CXXVIII. To Robert Graham Esq., of Fintray. The Excise 384 CXXIX. To Mr. William Cruikshank. Creech. Lines written in Friar’s Carse Hermitage 385 CXXX. To Mrs. Dunlop. Lines written at Friar’s Carse. Graham of Fintray 385 CXXXI. To the same. Mrs. Burns. Of accomplished young ladies 386 CXXXII. To the same. Mrs. Miller, of Dalswinton. “The Life and Age of Man.” 387 CXXXIII. To Mr. Beugo. Ross and “The Fortunate Shepherdess.” 388 CXXXIV. To Miss Chalmers. Recollections. Mrs. Burns. Poetry 388 CXXXV. To Mr. Morison. Urging expedition with his clock and other furniture for Ellisland 390 CXXXVI. To Mrs. Dunlop. Mr. Graham. Her criticisms 390 CXXXVII. To Mr. Peter Hill. Criticism on an “Address to Loch Lomond.” 391 CXXXVIII. To the Editor of the Star. Pleading for the line of the Stuarts 392 CXXXIX. To Mrs. Dunlop. The present of a heifer from the Dunlops 393 CXL. To Mr. James Johnson. Scots Musical Museum 393 CXLI. To Dr. Blacklock. Poetical progress. His marriage 394 CXLII. To Mrs. Dunlop. Enclosing “Auld Lang Syne” 394 CXLIII. To Miss Davies. Enclosing the song of “Charming, lovely Davies” 395 CXLIV. To Mr. John Tennant. Praise of his whiskey 395 1789. CXLV. To Mrs. Dunlop. Reflections suggested by the day 396 CXLVI. To Dr. Moore. His situation and prospects 396 CXLVII. To Mr. Robert Ainslie. His favourite quotations. Musical Museum 398 CXLVIII. To Professor Dugald Stewart. Enclosing some poems for his comments upon 398 CXLIX. To Bishop Geddes. His situation and prospects 399 CL. To Mr. James Burness. His wife and farm. Profit from his poems. Fanny Burns 399 CLI. To Mrs. Dunlop. Reflections. His success in song encouraged a shoal of bardlings 400 CLII. To the Rev. Peter Carfrae. Mr. Mylne’s poem 401 CLIII. To Dr. Moore. Introduction. His ode to Mrs. Oswald 401 CLIV. To Mr. William Burns. Remembrance 402 CLV. To Mr. Peter Hill. Economy and frugality. Purchase of books 402 CLVI. To Mrs. Dunlop. Sketch inscribed to the Right Hon. C.J. Fox 403 CLVII. To Mr. William Burns. Asking him to make his house his home 404 CLVIII. To Mrs. M’Murdo. With the song of “Bonnie Jean” 404 CLIX. To Mr. Cunningham. With the poem of “The Wounded Hare” 404 CLX. To Mr. Samuel Brown. His farm. Ailsa fowling 405 CLXI. To Mr. Richard Brown. Kind wishes 405 CLXII. To Mr. James Hamilton. Sympathy 406 CLXIII. To William Creech, Esq. Toothache. Good wishes 406 CLXIV. To Mr. M’Auley. His own welfare 406 CLXV. To Mr. Robert Ainslie. Overwhelmed with incessant toil 407 CLXVI. To Mr. M’Murdo. Enclosing his newest song 407 CLXVII. To Mrs. Dunlop. Reflections on religion 408 CLXVIII. To Mr. ——. Fergusson the poet 408 CLXIX. To Miss Williams. Enclosing criticisms on her poems 409 CLXX. To Mr. John Logan. With “The Kirk’s Alarm” 410 CLXXI. To Mrs. Dunlop. Religion. Dr. Moore’s “Zeluco” 410 CLXXII. To Captain Riddel. “The Whistle” 411 CLXXIII. To the same. With some of his MS. poems 411 CLXXIV. To Mr. Robert Ainslie. His Excise employment 412 CLXXV. To Mr. Richard Brown. His Excise duties 412 CLXXVI. To Robert Graham, Esq., of Fintray. The Excise. Captain Grose. Dr. M’Gill 413 CLXXVII. To Mrs. Dunlop. Reflections on immortality 414 CLXXVIII. To Lady M.W. Constable. Jacobitism 415 CLXXIX. To Provost Maxwell. At a loss for a subject 415 1790. CLXXX. To Sir John Sinclair. Account of a book-society in Nithsdale 416 CLXXXI. To Charles Sharpe, Esq. A letter with a fictitious signature 416 CLXXXII. To Mr. Gilburt Burns. His farm a ruinous affair. Players 417 CLXXXIII. To Mr. Sutherland. Enclosing a Prologue 418 CLXXXIV. To Mr. William Dunbar. Excise. His children. Another world 418 CLXXXV. To Mrs. Dunlop. Falconer the poet. Old Scottish songs 419 CLXXXVI. To Mr. Peter Hill. Mademoiselle Burns. Hurdis. Smollett and Cowper 420 CLXXXVII. To Mr. W. Nicol. The death of Nicol’s mare Peg Nicholson 420 CLXXXVIII. To Mr. W. Cunningham. What strange beings we are 421 CLXXXIX. To Mr. Peter Hill. Orders for books. Mankind 423 CXC. To Mrs. Dunlop. Mackenzie and the Mirror and Lounger 423 CXCI. To Collector Mitchell. A county meeting 424 CXCII. To Dr. Moore. “Zeluco.” Charlotte Smith 425 CXCIII. To Mr. Murdoch. William Burns 425 CXCIV. To Mr. M’Murdo. With the Elegy on Matthew Henderson 426 CXCV. To Mrs. Dunlop. His pride wounded 426 CXCVI. To Mr. Cunningham. Independence 426 CXCVII. To Dr. Anderson. “The Bee.” 427 CXCVIII. To William Tytler, Esq. With some West-country ballads 427 CXCIX. To Crauford Tait, Esq. Introducing Mr. William Duncan 427 CC. To Crauford Tait, Esq. “The Kirk’s Alarm” 428 CCI. To Mrs. Dunlop. On the birth of her grandchild. Tam O’ Shanter 429 1791. CCII. To Lady M.W. Constable. Thanks for the present of a gold snuff-box 429 CCIII. To Mr. William Dunbar. Not gone to Elysium. Sending a poem 429 CCIV. To Mr. Peter Mill. Apostrophe to Poverty 430 CCV. To Mr. Cunningham. Tam O’ Shanter. Elegy on Miss Burnet 430 CCVI. To A.F. Tytler, Esq. Tam O’ Shanter 431 CCVII. To Mrs. Dunlop. Miss Burnet. Elegy writing 431 CCVIII. To Rev. Arch. Alison. Thanking him for his “Essay on Taste” 432 CCIX. To Dr. Moore. Tam O’ Shanter. Elegyon Henderson. Zeluco. Lord Glencairn 432 CCX. To Mr. Cunningham. Songs 433 CCXI. To Mr. Alex. Dalzel. The death of the Earl of Glencairn 434 CCXII. To Mrs. Graham, of Fintray. With “Queen Mary’s Lament” 434 CCXIII. To the same. With his printed Poems 435 CCXIV. To the Rev. G. Baird. Michael Bruce 435 CCXV. To Mrs. Dunlop. Birth of a son 435 CCXVI. To the same. Apology for delay 436 CCXVII. To the same. Quaint invective on a pedantic critic 436 CCXVIII. To Mr. Cunningham. The case of Mr. Clarke of Moffat, Schoolmaster 437 CCXIX. To the Earl of Buchan. With the Address to the shade of Thomson 437 CCXX. To Mr. Thomas Sloan. Apologies. His crop sold well 438 CCXXI. To Lady E. Cunningham. With the Lament for the Earl of Glencairn 438 CCXXII. To Mr. Robert Ainslie. State of mind. His income 439 CCXXIII. To Col. Fullarton. With some Poems. His anxiety for Fullarton’s friendship 439 CCXXIV. To Miss Davis. Lethargy, Indolence, and Remorse. Our wishes and our powers 440 CCXXV. To Mrs. Dunlop. Mrs. Henri. The Song of Death 440 1792. CCXXVI. To Mrs. Dunlop. The animadversions of the Board of Excise 441 CCXXVII. To Mr. William Smellie. Introducing Mrs. Riddel 441 CCXXVIII. To Mr. W. Nicol. Ironical reply to a letter of counsel and reproof 442 CCXXIX. To Francis Grose, Esq. Dugald Stewart 443 CCXXX. To the same. Witch stories 443 CCXXXI. To Mr. S. Clarke. Humorous invitation to teach music to the M’Murdo family 444 CCXXXII. To Mrs. Dunlop. Love and Lesley Baillie 445 CCXXXIII. To Mr. Cunningham. Lesley Baillie 446 CCXXXIV. To Mr. Thomson. Promising his assistance to his collection of songs and airs 447 CCXXXV. To Mrs. Dunlop. Situation of Mrs.Henri 448 CCXXXVI. To the same. On the death of Mrs. Henri 449 CCXXXVII. To Mr. Thomson. Thomson’s fastidiousness. “My Nannie O,” &c. 449 CCXXXVIII. To the same. With “My wife’s a winsome wee thing,” and “Lesley Baillie” 450 CCXXXIX. To the same. With Highland Mary. The air of Katherine Ogie 450 CCXL. To the same. Thomson’s alterations and observations 451 CCXLI. To the same. With “Auld Rob Morris,” and “Duncan Gray” 451 CCXLII. To Mrs. Dunlop. Birth of a daughter. The poet Thomson’s dramas 451 CCXLIII. To Robert Graham, Esq., of Fintray. The Excise inquiry into his political conduct 452 CCXLIV. To Mrs. Dunlop. Hurry of business. Excise inquiry 453 1793. CCXLV. To Mr. Thomson. With “Poortithcauld” and “Galla Water” 453 CCXLVI. To the same. William Tytler, Peter Pindar 453 CCXLVII. To Mr. Cunningham. The poet’s seal. David Allan 454 CCXLVIII. To Thomson. With “Mary Morison” 455 CCCXLIX. To the same. With “Wandering Willie” 455 CCL. To Miss Benson. Pleasure he had in meeting her 455 CCLI. To Patrick Miller, Esq. With the present of his printed poems 456 CCLII. To Mr. Thomson. Review of Scottish song. Crawfurd and Ramsay 456 CCLIII. To the same. Criticism. Allan Ramsay 457 CCLIV. To the same. “The last time I came o’er the moor” 458 CCLV. To John Francis Erskine, Esq. Self-justification. The Excise inquiry 459 CCLVI. To Mr. Robert Ainslie. Answering letters. Scholar-craft 460 CCLVII. To Miss Kennedy. A letter of compliment 461 CCLVIII. To Mr. Thomson. Frazer. “Blithe had I been on yon hill” 461 CCLIX. To Mr. Thomson. “Logan Water.” “Ogin my love were yon red rose” 462 CCLX. To the same. With the song of “Bonnie Jean” 463 CCLXI. To the same. Hurt at the idea of pecuniary recompense. Remarks on song 463 CCLXII. To the same. Note written in the name of Stephen Clarke 464 CCLXIII. To the same. With “Phillis the fair” 464 CCLXIV. To the same. With “Had I a cave on some wild distant shore” 464 CCLXV. To the same. With “Allan Water” 464 CCLXVI. To the same. With “O whistle, and I’ll come to you, my lad,” &c. 465 CCLXVII. To the same. With “Come, let me take thee to my breast” 465 CCLXVIII. To the same. With “Dainty Davie” 466 CCLXIX. To Miss Craik. Wretchedness of poets 466 CCLXX. To Lady Glencairn. Gratitude. Excise. Dramatic composition 466 CCLXXI. To Mr. Thomson. With “Scots wha hae wi’ Wallace bled” 467 CCLXXII. To the same. With “Behold the hour, the boat arrive” 468 CCLXXIII. To the same. Crawfurd and Scottish song 468 CCLXXIV. To the same. Alterations in “Scots wha hae wi’ Wallace bled” 470 CCLXXV. To the same. Further suggested alterations in “Scots wha hae” rejected. 470 CCLXXVI. To the same. With “Deluded swain, the pleasure,” and “Raving winds around her blowing” 471 CCLXXVII. To the same. Erskine and Gavin Turnbull 471 CCLXXVIII. To John M’Murdo, Esq. Payment of a debt. “The Merry Muses” 472 CCLXXIX. To the same. With his printed poems 473 CCLXXX. To Captain ——. Anxiety for his acquaintance. “Scots wha hae wi’ Wallace bled” 473 CCLXXXI. To Mrs. Riddel. The Dumfries Theatre 474 1794. CCLXXXII. To a Lady. In favour of a player’s benefit 474 CCLXXXIII. To the Earl of Buchan. With a copy of “Scots wha hae” 474 CCLXXXIV. To Captain Miller. With a copy of “Scots wha hae” 475 CCLXXXV. To Mrs. Riddel. Lobster-coated puppies 475 CCLXXXVI. To the same. The gin-horse class of the human genus 475 CCLXXXVII. To the same. With “Werter.” Her reception of him 475 CCLXXXVIII. To Mrs. Riddel. Her caprice 476 CCLXXXIX. To the same. Her neglect and unkindness 476 CCXC. To John Syme, Esq. Mrs. Oswald, and “O wat ye wha’s in yon town” 476 CCXCI. To Miss ——. Obscure allusions to a friend’s death. His personal and poetic fame 477 CCXCII. To Mr. Cunningham. Hypochondria. Requests consolation 477 CCXCIII. To the Earl of Glencairn. With his printed poems 478 CCXCIV. To Mr. Thomson. David Allan. “The banks of Cree” 479 CCXCV. To David M’Culloch, Esq. Arrangements for a trip in Galloway 479 CCXCVI. To Mrs. Dunlop. Threatened with flying gout. Ode on Washington’s birthday 479 CCXCVII. To Mr. James Johnson. Low spirits. The Museum. Balmerino’s dirk 480 CCXCVIII. To Mr. Thomson. Lines written in “Thomson’s Collection of songs” 480 CCXCIX. To the same. With “How can my poor heart be glad” 480 CCC. To the same. With “Ca’ the yowes to the knowes” 481 CCCI. To the same. With “Sae flaxen were her ringlets.” Epigram to Dr. Maxwell. 481 CCCII. To the same. The charms of Miss Lorimer. “O saw ye my dear, my Phely,” &c. 482 CCCIII. To the same. Ritson’s Scottish Songs. Love and song 483 CCCIV. To the same. English songs. The air of “Ye banks and braes o’ bonnie Doon” 484 CCCV. To the same. With “O Philly, happy be the day,” and “Contented wi’ little” 485 CCCVI. To the same. With “Canst thou leave me thus, my Katy” 486 CCCVII. To Peter Miller, jun., Esq. Excise. Perry’s offer to write for the Morning Chronicle 487 CCCVIII. To Mr. Samuel Clarke, jun. A political and personal quarrel. Regret 487 CCCIX. To Mr. Thomson. With “Now in her green mantle blithe nature arrays” 487 1795. CCCX. To Mr. Thomson. With “For a’ that and a’ that” 488 CCCXI. To the same. Abuse of Ecclefechan 488 CCCXII. To the same. With “O stay, sweet warbling woodlark, stay,” and “The groves of sweet myrtle” 488 CCCXIII. To the same. With “How cruel are the parents” and “Mark yonder pomp of costly fashion” 489 CCCXIV. To the same. Praise of David Allan’s “Cotter’s Saturday Night” 489 CCCXV. To the same. With “This is no my ain Lassie.” Mrs. Riddel 489 CCCXVI. To Mr. Thomson. With “Forlorn, my love, no comfort near” 490 CCCXVII. To the same. With “Last May a braw wooer,” and “Why tell thy lover” 490 CCCXVIII. To Mrs. Riddel. A letter from the grave 490 CCCXIX. To the same. A letter of compliment. “Anacharsis’ Travels” 491 CCCXX. To Miss Louisa Fontenelle. With a Prologue for her benefit-night 491 CCCXXI. To Mrs. Dunlop. His family. Miss Fontenelle. Cowper’s “Task” 492 CCCXXII. To Mr. Alexander Findlater. Excise schemes 492 CCCXXIII. To the Editor of the Morning Chronicle. Written for a friend. A complaint 493 CCCXXIV. To Mr. Heron, of Heron. With two political ballads 493 CCCXXV. To Mrs. Dunlop. Thomson’s Collection. Acting as Supervisor of Excise 494 CCCXXVI. To the Right Hon. William Pitt. Address of the Scottish Distillers 495 CCCXXVII. To the Provost, Bailies, and Town Council of Dumfries. Request to be made a freeman of the town 496 1796. CCCXXVIII. To Mrs. Riddel. “Anarcharsis’ Travels.” The muses 496 CCCXXIX. To Mrs. Dunlop. His ill-health. 497 CCCXXX. To Mr. Thomson. Acknowledging his present to Mrs. Burns of a worsted shawl 497 CCCXXXI. To the same. Ill-health. Mrs. Hyslop. Allan’s etchings. Cleghorn 497 CCCXXXII. To the same. “Here’s a health to ane I loe dear” 498 CCCXXXIII. To the same. His anxiety to review his songs, asking for copies 498 CCCXXXIV. To Mrs. Riddel. His increasing ill-health 498 CCCXXXV. To Mr. Clarke, acknowledging money and requesting the loan of a further sum 499 CCCXXXVI. To Mr. James Johnson. The Scots Musical Museum. Request for a copy of the collection 499 CCCXXXVII. To Mr. Cunningham. Illness and poverty, anticipation of death 499 CCCXXXVIII. To Mr. Gilbert Burns. His ill-health and debts 500 CCCXXXIX. To Mr. James Armour. Entreating Mrs. Armour to come to her daughter’s confinement 500 CCCXL. To Mrs. Burns. Sea-bathing affords little relief 500 CCCXLI. To Mrs. Dunlop. Her friendship. A farewell 501 CCCXLII. To Mr. Thomson. Solicits the sum of five pounds. “Fairest Maid on Devon Banks” 501 CCCXLIII. To Mr. James Burness. Soliciting the sum of ten pounds 501 CCCXLIV. To James Gracie, Esq. His rheumatism, &c. &c.—his loss of appetite 502

Remarks on Scottish Songs and Ballads 502 The Border Tour 522 The Highland Tour 527 Burns’s Assignment of his Works 530 Glossary 531