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To An Artist

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

 

Dear --------- , I'll gie ye some advice,
You'll tak it no uncivil:
You shouldna paint at angels man,
But try and paint the Devil.
To paint an angel's kittle wark,
Wi' Nick there's little danger:
You'll easy draw a lang-kent face,
But no sae weel a stranger.

 

Dear --------- , I will give you some advice,
You will take it not uncivil:
You should not paint at angels man,
But try and paint the Devil.
To paint an angel is delicate work,
With Nick (Satan) there is little danger:
You will easy draw a long known face,
But not so well a stranger.

 

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