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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.




No. I. Mr. THOMSON to BURNS (1792), desiring

the Bard to furnish verses for some of the

Scottish airs, and to revise former songs 5

II. Burns to Mr. T. Promising assistance.. 7

III. Mr. T. to BURNS. Sending some tunes... 10

IV. BURNS to Mr. T., with “The Lea-rig," and

“Will ye go to the Indies, my Mary?”..


V. Burns to Mr. T., with “My wife's a win-

some wee thing,” and “O saw ye bonnie


VI. BURNS to Mr. T., with “Highland Mary” 22

VII. Mr. T. to BURNS. Thanks and critical

observations ....

VIII. BURNS to Mr. T., with an additional stanza

to “ The Lea-rig”:


IX. BURNS to Mr. T., with “Auld Rob Mor-

ris,” and “Duncan Gray”.


X. Burns to Mr. T., with“ O Poortith cauld,"

&c., and “ Galla Water”.


XI. Mr. T. to BURNS, Jan. 1793, desiring anec-

dotes on the origin of particular songs.

Tytler of Woodhouselee—Pleyel-sends

P. Pindar's “Lord Gregory.” — Post-

script from the Hon. A. Erskine..... 43

XII. Burns to Mr. T. Has Mr. Tytler's anec-

dotes, and means to give his own-sends

his own “ Lord Gregory":

XIII. Burns to Mr. T., with “ Mary Morison” 51

XIV. BURNS to Mr. T., with Wandering


XV. Burns to Mr. T., with “Open the door to

me, Oh !”....

XVI. Burns to Mr. T., with “ Jessie”

XVII. Mr. T. to Mr. BURNS, with a list of songs,

and “Wandering. Willie” altered.......

XVIII. Burns to Mr. T., with “ When wild war's

deadly blast was blawn,” and “ Meg o’

XIX. BURNS to Mr. T., with Voice of Coila-

Criticism-Origin of “ The Lass o’

Patie's Mill” ...




XX. Mr. T. to BURNS......


XXI. Burns to Mr. T. Simplicity requisite

in a song-One poet should not mangle

the words of another......

XXII. BURNS to Mr. T. “Farewell, thou

stream that winding flows.”—Wishes

that the national music may preserve

its native features.......


XXIII. Mr. T. to BURNS. Thanks and ob-



XXIV. BURNS to Mr. T., with “Blithe hae I

been on yon hill”.


XXV. BURNS to Mr. T., with “O Logan,

sweetly didst thou glide.” “O gin

my love were yon red rose,” &c....... 81

XXVI. Mr. T. to BURNS, enclosing money-


XXVII. BURNS to Mr. T., with “ There was a

lass, and she was fair.”........... 88

XXVIII. BURNS to Mr. T. Hurt at the idea of

pecuniary recompense- Remarks on



XXIX. Mr. T. to BURNS. Musical expression 96

XXX. BURNS to Mr. T. For Mr. Clarke..... 97

XXXI. BURNS to Mr. T. with “ Phillis the


XXXII. Mr. T. to BURNS. David Allan

Drawing from “John Anderson, my



XXXIII. BURNS to Mr. T., with “Had I a cave,

&c.—Some airs common to Scotland

and Ireland...


XXXIV. BURNS to Mr. T., with “By Allan

stream I chanced to rove"


XXXV. BURNS to Mr. T., with “ Whistle, and

I'll come to you, my lad,” and “Awa

wi’ your belles and your beauties”.. 108

XXXVI. Burns to Mr. T., with “Come let me

take thee to my breast”


XXXVII. Burns to Mr. T., “Daintie Davie”..... 116

XXXVIII. Mr. T. to BURNS., Delighted with the

productions of Burns's muse......... 119

XXXIX. Burns to Mr. T., with “ Bruce to his

troops at Bannockburn.” .......... 121

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XL. BURNS to Mr. T., with “ Behold the

hour, the boat arrive”.........


XLI. Mr. T. to BURNS. Observations on

“ Bruce to his troops”.


XLII. Burns to Mr. T. Remarks on songs in

Mr. T.'s list–His own method of

forming a song—“ Thou has left me

ever, Jamie".

“Where are the joys

I hae met in the morning”-

lang syne”...


XLIII. BURNS to Mr. T., with a variation of

“ Bannockburn”


XLIV. Mr. T. to BURNS. Observations....... 143

XLV. BURN to Mr. T. On “Bannockburn”

-sends “Fair Jenny”.


XLVI. BURNS to Mr. T. with “Deluded swain,

the pleasure."-Remarks....... 150

XLVII, BURNS to Mr. T., with “ Thine am

I, my faithful fair”......


XLVIII, Mr. T. to BURNS. Apprehensions



XLIX. BURNS to Mr. T., with “Husband,

husband, cease your strife," and,

“Wilt thou be my dearie ?”........... 159


“ But lately seen in gladsome green”.. 162

“Could aught of song declare my



“ Here's to thy health, my bonnie lass” 165

“It was a' for our rightfu' king”

“O steer her up and haud her gaun”... 169

0 ay my wife she dang me

Oh, wert thou in the cauld blast”.... 172

L. Mr. T. to Burns, 1794. Melancholy

comparison between Burns and Car-

lini-Allan's sketch from “Cotter's

Saturday night".....


LI. BURNS to Mr. T. Praise of David

Allan—" Banks of Cree”...


LII. BURN to Mr. T. Pleyel in France-

Here, where the Scottish Muse im-

mortal lives," presented to Miss

Graham, of Fintray, with a copy of

Mr. Thomson's collection


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