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THE SUMMER MORN.
Tune—"Push about the Jorum."
|This is by Burns. The following is what he wrote to Thomson regarding it in January, 1795:—"To wander a little from my first design, which was to give you a new song just hot from the mint, give me leave to squeeze in a clever anecdote of my Spring originality. Some years ago, when I was young and by no means the saint I am now, I was looking over, in company with a belle lettre friend, a magazine 'Ode to Spring,' when my friend fell foul of the recurrence of the same thoughts, and offered me a bet that it was impossible to produce an ode to Spring on an original plan. I accepted it, and pledged myself to bring in the verdant fields, the budding flowers, the crystal streams, the melody of the groves, and a love story into the bargain, and yet be original. Here follows the piece, and wrote to music too." Along with this composition, he forwarded Thomson his immortal ode, "A man's a man for a' that." The second stanza is quoted in Scott Douglas's 5 vol. edition (Vol. III., p. 17), with but one word changed in the last line.|
When maukin bucks, at early f—ks,