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Inscribed On A Work Of Hannah More's
Presented to the author by a lady

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

Thou flatt'ring mark of friendship kind,
Still may thy pages call to mind
The dear, the beauteous donor!
Tho' sweetly female ev'ry part,
Yet such a head and - more - the heart
Does both the sexes honor:
She show'd her taste refin'd and just,
When she selected thee,
Yet deviating, own I must,
For so approving me:
But, kind still, I mind still
The giver in the gift;
I'll bless her, and wiss her
A Friend aboon the lift.

You flattering mark of friendship kind,
Still may your pages call to mind
The dear, the beauteous donor!
Though sweetly female every part,
Yet such a head and - more - the heart
Does both the sexes honour:
She showed her taste refined and just,
When she selected you,
Yet deviating, own I must,
For so approving me:
But, kind still, I remember still
The giver in the gift;
I will bless her, and wish her
A Friend above in the heavens.

 

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