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On Elphinstone's Translation Of Martial

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

 

O thou whom Poesy abhors,
Whom Prose has turned out of doors,
Heard'st thou yon groan? - Proceed no further!
'Twas laurel'd Martial calling ' Murther!'

 

O you whom Poesy abhors,
Whom Prose has turned out of doors,
Heard you yonder groan? - Proceed no further!
It was laureled Martial calling ' Murder!'

 

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