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Versicles On Sign-posts

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

 

1.
He looked
Just as your sign-post Lions do,
With aspect fierce and quite as harmless too.
2.
(Patient Stupidity)
So heavy, passive to the tempest's shocks,
Dull on the sign-post stands the stupid ox.
3.
His face with smile eternal drest
Just like the landlord to his guest,
High as they hang with creaking din
To index out the Country Inn.
4.
A head, pure, sinless quite of brain and soul,
The very image of a barber's poll:
Just shews a human face, and wears a wig,
And looks, when well friseur'd, amazing big.

 


He looked
Just as your sign-post Lions do,
With aspect fierce and quite as harmless too.

(Patient Stupidity)
So heavy, passive to the tempest's shocks,
Dull on the sign-post stands the stupid ox.

His face with smile eternal dressed
Just like the landlord to his guest,
High as they hang with creaking din
To index out the Country Inn.

A head, pure, sinless quite of brain and soul,
The very image of a barber's pole:
Just shows a human face, and wears a wig,
And looks, when well friseured, amazing big.

 

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