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With this volume closes the poetry of Burns. Along with his Letters, which are numerous and interesting, will be printed his observations on Scottish Song, enlivened by occasional snatches of original and amended
In arranging the lyrics and letters addressed to Thomson, the Editor has introduced various songs in the order of their composition, which were written for other purposes or publications. He has also supplied some information respecting the heroines of the Poet's latter strains; and ventured, too, to insert, now and then, an anecdote or a remark on lyric composition. Nor is it without satisfaction that he sees he has kept his word with the public in an important point.-- In the announcement of the work, one hundred and odd pieces of verse more than Currie's octavos contained, were promised; he has been enabled to give nearly one hundred and fifty. Some of these, too, are long poems; and, among the songs, will be found many exhibiting Burns in his happiest humour and finest pathos.
XXI. Burns to Mr. T. Simplicity requisite
in a song-One poet should not mangle
XXVI. Mr. T. to BURNS, enclosing money-
XLII. Burns to Mr. T. Remarks on songs in
Mr. T.'s list–His own method of