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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
365. Lines on Fergusson, the Poet
 
 
ILL-FATED genius! Heaven-taught Fergusson!
  What heart that feels and will not yield a tear,
To think Life’s sun did set e’er well begun
  To shed its influence on thy bright career.
 
O why should truest Worth and Genius pine        5
  Beneath the iron grasp of Want and Woe,
While titled knaves and idiot-Greatness shine
  In all the splendour Fortune can bestow?
 

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