Epigram Addressed To An Artist


Dear Sir, I'll gie ye some advice, You'll tak it no uncivil: You shouldna paint at angels mair , But try and paint the devil. To paint an Angel's kittle wark , Wi' Nick , there's little danger: You'll easy draw a lang-kent face, But no sae weel a stranger.

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Crawford Logan

About this work

This is a poem by Robert Burns. It was written in 1787 and is read here by Crawford Logan.

More about this poem

This epigram was supposedly written by Burns on the back of a small sketch when he was visiting an artist in Edinburgh.

The painter was working on a picture of Jacob’s dream at the time.

Ralph McLean

Themes for this poem

humour religion

Locations for this poem

Edinburgh

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