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On Robert Fergusson

On the tombstone in the Cannongate Churchyard
HERE LIES ROBERT FERGUSSON
Born Sept. 5th, 1751
Died Oct. 16th, 1774

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

 

No sculptur'd Marble here, nor pompous lay,
No storied Urn nor animated Bust;
This simple stone directs pale Scotia's way
To pour her sorrows o'er the Poet's dust.

 

No sculptured Marble here, nor pompous lay,
No storied Urn nor animated Bust;
This simple stone directs pale Scotia's way
To pour her sorrows over the Poet's dust.

 

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