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The flaunting flowers our gardens yield, High sheltering woods and wa's maun shield, But thou beneath the random bield
O'clod or stane, Adorns the histie stibble-field
There in thy scanty mantle clad
In humble guise ;
And low thou lies !
Such is the fate of simple bård,
Of prudent lore,
And whelm him o'er!
Such fate to suffering worth is given,
To mis’ry's brink,
He, ruin'd, sink !
Even thou who mourn'st the Daisy's fate,
Full on thy bloom, Till crush'd beneath the furrow's weight,
Shall be thy doom !
A Man's A MAN FOR A' THAT.
Is there, for honest poverty,
That hangs his head, and a' that? The coward-slave we pass him by,
We dare be poor for a' that ! For a' that, and a' that,
Our toil's obscure, and a' that; The rank is but the guinea-stamp,
The man's the gowd for a' that! What tho' on homely fare we dine, Wear hoddin
and a' that; Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine,
A man's a man for a' that!
Their tinsel show, and a' that,
Is king of men for a' that!
Wha struts, and stares, and a' that; Though hundreds worship at his word,
He's but a coof for a' that: For a' that, and a' that,
His riband, star, and a' that, The man of independent mind
He looks and laughs at a' that!
A king can make a belted knight,
A marquis, duke, and a' that;
Guid faith he mauna fa' that!
Their dignities, and a' that,
Are higher rank than a' that.
Then let us pray that come it may
As come it will for a' that-
May bear the gree, and a' that,
It's coming yet for a' that,
Shall brothers be for a' that!
NEW YEAR'S DAY MORNING, 1789.
that I approve set times, seasons of more than ordinary acts of devotion, for breaking in on that habituated routine of life and thought which is so apt to reduce our existence to a kind of instinct, or even sometimes, and with some minds, to a state very little superior to mere machinery.
This day—the first Sunday of May-a breezy, blueskied noon some time about the beginning, and a hoary
morning, and calm sunny day, about the end of autumn-these, time out of mind, have been with me a kind of holiday.
I believe I owe this to that glorious paper in the Spectator, The Vision of Mirza,' a piece that struck my young fancy before I was capable of fixing an idea to a word of three syllables: “On the fifth day of the moon, which, according to the custom of my forefathers, I always keep holy, after having washed myself and offered up my morning devotions, I ascended the high hill of Bagdad, in order to pass the rest of the day in meditation and prayer.”
We know nothing, or next to nothing, of the substance or structure of our souls, so cannot account for those seeming caprices in them that one should be particularly pleased with this thing, or struck with that, which on minds of a different cast makes no extraordinary impression. I have some favourite flowers in spring, among which are the mountain daisy, the harebell, the foxglove, the wild-brier rose, the budding birch, and the hoary hawthorn, that I view and hang over with particular delight. I never heard the loud, solitary whistle of the curlew in a summer noon, or the wild, mixing cadence of a troop of grey plovers in an autumnal morning, without feeling an elevation of soul like the enthusiasm of devotion or poetry. Tell me, my dear friend, to what can this be owing? Are we a piece of machinery, which, like the Æolian harp, passive takes the impression of the passing accident? Or do these workings argue something within us above the trodden clod? I own myself partial to such proofs of those awful and important realities-a God that made all things-man's immaterial and immortal nature—and a world of weal or woe beyond death and the gravel