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To The Hon. Wm. R. Maule Of Panmure
EXTEMPORE:
On seeing the Hon. Wm. R. Maule of Panmure driving away in his fine and
elegant Phaeton on the race ground at Tinwald Downs, October, 1794

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

 

Thou Fool, in thy phaeton towering,
Art proud when that phaeton's prais'd?
'Tis the pride of a Thief's exhibition
When higher his pillory's rais'd.

 

You Fool, in your phaeton towering,
Are you proud when that phaeton is praised?
It is the pride of a Thief's exhibition
When higher his pillory's raised.

 

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