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ROBERT BURNS

EDITED BY

WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY

AND

THOMAS F. HENDERSON

VOLUME I

POEMS PUBLISHED AT

KILMARNOCK 1786

ADDITIONAL POEMS

EDINBURGH

1787 : 1793

EDINBURGH

T. C. AND E. C. JACK

CAUSEWAYSIDE

1896

THE NE NXORK PUELIC LIBRARY

AETOR, LENCX AND
TILDEN FOUNDAT ONS

EDINBURGH: T. AND A. CONSTABLE

PRINTERS TO HER MAJESTY

EDITORS' PREFACE

Burns's verse falls naturally into two main divisions. One, and that the larger, appeals with persistency and force, on the strength of some broadly human qualities, to, the world in general : for the reason that the world in general is rich in sentiment but lacks the literary sense. The other, being a notable and lasting contribution to literature, is the concern of comparatively few. The present Edition of Burns's verse is primarily addressed to the second of these two bodies of readers.

Of necessity, however, it is as nearly complete as existing canons of taste will permit; and 'tis hoped that it will prosper, though for different reasons and on different grounds, with both sections of what, after all, is one, and that a world-wide, public.

A chief object with the Editors has been the preparation of a text as nearly classic as a systematic and, in so far as might be, an exhaus

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tive collation of authorities—books, proof-sheets, tracts, broadsides, periodicals, and mss.—could secure. They have spared no pains in its pursuit; and they have peculiar pleasure in denoting the spirit in which, on every hand, their appeal for assistance was received. It is for others to appreciate the result of their effort. Enough for them to say, that such authority as it may be found to have is largely due to the generous consideration extended to them from outside. They have noted the several facts of their indebtedness, as occasion offered, in their bibliographical introduction and in the body of their work. As regards this First Volume, it remains for them to express their gratitude to Dr. Garnett, C.B., of the British Museum, for that help no man of letters ever asks in vain; to Mr. Clark, of the Advocates' Library, Edinburgh; to Mr. Hugh A. Webster, of the University Library, Edinburgh; to Mr. Barrett, of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow; to Mr. James L. Caw, of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh; to Mr. Andrew Macdonald, Glasgow, for the use of a capital set of Ramsay chap-books; to Mr. R. T. Hamilton Bruce,

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