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1 IS't true? or does some magic spell
2 My wond'ring eyes beguile?
3 Is this the place where deigns to dwell
4 The honour of our isle?
5 The charming BURNS, the Muse's care,
6 Of all her sons the pride;
7 This pleasure oft I've sought to share,
8 But been as oft deni'd.
9 Oft have my thoughts, at midnight hour,
10 To him excursions made;
11 This bliss in dreams was premature,
12 And with my slumbers fled.
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13 'Tis real now, no vision here
14 Bequeaths a poignant dart;
15 I'll view the poet ever dear,
16 Whose lays have charm'd my heart
17 Hark! now he comes, a dire alarm
18 Re-echoes through his hall!
19 Pegasus
* The name of the Poet's horse.
kneel'd, his rider's arm
20 Was broken by a fall.
21 The doleful tidings to my ears
22 Were in harsh notes convey'd;
23 His lovely wife stood drown'd in tears,
24 While thus I pond'ring said:
25 "No cheering draught, with ills unmix'd,
26 Can mortals taste below;
27 All human fate by heav'n is fix'd,
28 Alternate joy and wo."
29 With beating breast I view'd the bard;
30 All trembling did him greet:
31 With sighs bewail'd his fate so hard,
32 Whose notes were ever sweet.


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Title (in Source Edition): ON A VISIT TO MR. BURNS.
Genres: occasional poem

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Little, Janet, 1759-1813. The Poetical Works of Janet Little, the Scotch Milkmaid. Air: Printed by John & Peter Wilson, 1792, pp. [111]-112.  (ESTC T126549) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Library of the University of California, Los Angeles.)

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