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For An Altar Of Independence

AT KERROUGHTRIE, THE SEAT OF Mr. HERON

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

Thou of an independent mind,
With soul resolv'd, with soul resign'd,
Prepar'd Power's proudest frown to brave,
Who wilt not be, nor have a slave,
Virtue alone who dost revere,
Thy own reproach alone dost fear:
Approach this shrine, and worship here.

You of an independent mind,
With soul resolved, with soul resigned,
Prepared Power's proudest frown to brave,
Who will not be, nor have a slave,
Virtue alone who does revere,
Your own reproach alone does fear:
Approach this shrine, and worship here.

 

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