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Apostrophe To Fergusson
Inscribed Above and Below His Portait

 

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

Curse an ungrateful man, that can be pleas'd
And yet can starve the author of the pleasure!

O thou, my elder brother in misfortune,
By far my elder brother in the Muse,
With tears I pity thy unhappy fate!
Why is the Bard unfitted for the world,
Yet has so keen a relish of its pleasures?

Curse an ungrateful man, that can be pleased
And yet can starve the author of the pleasure!

O you, my elder brother in misfortune,
By far my elder brother in the Muse,
With tears I pity your unhappy fate!
Why is the Bard unfitted for the world,
Yet has so keen a relish of its pleasures?

 

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