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mair we'se ne'er be parted.

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THE

LIFE OF ROBERT BURNS.

ROLERT BURNS was born on the 25th of January 1759, in a. small roadside cottage, which still stands, about a mile and a-bali inland from the county-town and bay of Ayr, on the south-western Scottish coast. His father was from the north, the son of a small farmer, but after various independent struggles to get on in other places, had at least gained by experience, and settled down as working-gardener to a gentleman who showed him the kindness of a patron. He was still a poor man, occupying the rank of a peasant, in a thatched hut, built by his own hands; though with all the intelligence and more than the ordinary integrity of his glass, still hopeful of raising himself. The mother belonged to the same station, being a farmer's daughter from the neighbour. hord, homely, placid, careful, and of the average education for her degree; looking up to her husband as, what he really was, strong in character, shrewd from knowledge of the world and its trials, an industrious, thoughtful, devout man. In William Burness and Agnes Brown, their first son had at all events the advantage of parents who were models of excellence for their condition in life; and if his childhood was literally that of a peasant, born to toil, there were, as has been well remarked by his last and most adequate biographer, “ fortunate circumstances in his position.” What part these fortunate circumstances must have had in raising him to conspicuousness above every other peasant who bas yet lived,--and what part in his lot was unpropitious,-it may be a main object of the following sketch to suggest, while as much as possible separating both these considerations from the merit and the fault which were his own.

The father's wish to procure, for all his children, the best education which his means allowed, w3,8 characteristic even beyond the usual Soottish desire. Robort was sent in his sixth year to a

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