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First Line: All scottish legends did his fancy fashion
Last Line: Driving his laurell'd plough!
Alternate Author Name(s): Stirling, 1st Earl Of
Subject(s): Burns, Robert (1759-1796); Poetry & Poets

ALL Scottish legends did his fancy fashion,
All airs that richly flow,
Laughing with frolic, tremulous with passion,
Broken with love-lorn woe;

Ballads whose beauties years have long been stealing
And left few links of gold,
Under his quaint and subtle touch of healing
Grew fairer, not less old.

Grey Cluden, and the vestal's choral cadence,
His spell awoke therewith;
Till boatmen hung their oars to hear the maidens
Upon the banks of Nith.

His, too, the strains of battle nobly coming
From Bruce, or Wallace wight,
Such as the Highlander shall oft be humming
Before some famous fight.

Nor only these -- for him the hawthorn hoary
Was with new wreaths enwrought,
The 'crimson-tipped daisy' wore fresh glory,
Born of poetic thought.

From the 'wee cow'ring beastie' he could borrow
A moral strain sublime,
A noble tenderness of human sorrow,
In wondrous wealth of rhyme.

Oh, but the mountain breeze must have been pleasant
Upon the sunburnt brow
Of that poetic and triumphant peasant
Driving his laurell'd plough!

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