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1 O Death, hadst thou but spar'd his life,
2 Whom we, this day, lament!
3 We freely wad exchang'd the wife,
4 An' a' been weel content.
5 Ev'n as he is, cauld in his graff,
6 The swap we yet will do't;
7 Tak thou the Carlin's carcase aff,
8 Thou'se get the saul o' boot.


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Title (in Source Edition): EPIGRAM ON SAID OCCASION,
Author: Robert Burns
Genres: epigram

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Burns, Robert, 1759-1796. POEMS, CHIEFLY IN THE SCOTTISH DIALECT, BY ROBERT BURNS. Kilmarnock: printed by John Wilson, M,DCC,LXXXVI., 1786, p. 230. 240p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T91548) (Page images digitized by National Library of Scotland.)

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