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Epigrams On The Earl Of Galloway

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

1.
What dost thou in that mansion fair?
Flit, Galloway, and find
Some narrow, dirty, dungeon cave,
The picture of thy mind.
2.
No Stewart art thou, Galloway:
The Stewarts all were brave.
Besides, the Stewarts were but fools,
Not one of them a knave.
3.
Bright ran thy line, O Galloway,
Thro' many a far-famed sire!
So ran the far-famed Roman way,
And ended in a mire.
4.
Spare me thy vengeance, Galloway!
In quiet let me live:
I ask no kindness at thy hand,
For thou hast none to give.


What do you in that mansion fair?
Flit, Galloway, and find
Some narrow, dirty, dungeon cave,
The picture of your mind.

No Stewart are you, Galloway:
The Stewarts all were brave.
Besides, the Stewarts were but fools,
Not one of them a knave.

Bright ran your line, O Galloway,
Through many a far-famed sire!
So ran the far-famed Roman way,
And ended in a mire.

Spare me your vengeance, Galloway!
In quiet let me live:
I ask no kindness at your hand,
For you have none to give.

 

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