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From a Photogravure by W. Drummond Young, from the Painting

by Alexander Runciman in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. By permission.

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PAISLEY: ALEXANOR (LINE

Babitsher he arrin en in die late 188 3:

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try trainiert: 13.103 in the Nilish Vational Portrait Gations By permission

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THE

POETICAL WORKS OF

ROBERT FERGUSSON

WITH

BIOGRAPHICAL INTRODUCTION

NOTES AND GLOSSARY, ETC.

BY

ROBERT FORD

PAISLEY: ALEXANDER GARDNER

Publisher Appointment to the late Queen Victoria

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His stay so brief, like visit in the night

Of some kind Brownie known to ballad fame,

With true Promethean spark he, modest, came,
And to “ The Farmer's Ingle” put a light,
Which ever since has burned so classic bright,

That Burns e'en took a “kin'lin'” from the same,

To raise on Cotter's hearth the cheerful flame, And grace the leisure of his toil-worn wight; The Pupil's picture soars to higher flights

Of thought, and nobler images, which show, By contrast, darker shades and stronger lights ;

The Master paints in tones so real and low, You scent the very “kail by chimley cheek,' And “buttered bannocks” that on

girdle reek.” “ GEORGE UMBER" (Wm. Findlay, M.D.).

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