Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TO ALEX. CUNNINGHAM, WRITER, by ROBERT BURNS

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TO ALEX. CUNNINGHAM, WRITER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: My godlike friend - nay! Do not stare
Last Line: The process of bewitching?
Subject(s): Writing & Writers

My godlike friend -- nay, do not stare,
You think the phrase is odd-like;
But God is love, the saints declare,
Then surely thou art god-like.

And is thy ardour still the same?
And kindled still at Anna?
Others may boast a partial flame,
But thou art a volcano!

Ev'n Wedlock asks not love beyond
Death's tie-dissolving portal;
But thou, omnipotently fond,
May'st promise love immortal!

Thy wounds such healing powers defy,
Such symptoms dire attend them,
That last great antihectic try --
Marriage perhaps may mend them.

Sweet Anna has an air -- a grace,
Divine, magnetic, touching:
She talks, she charms -- but who can trace
The process of bewitching?

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