Epigram On Said Occasion

O Death, had'st thou but spar'd his life, Whom we this day lament, We freely wad exchanged the wife, And a' been weel content. Ev'n as he is, cauld in his graff , The swap we yet will do't; Tak thou the carlin's carcase aff , Thou'se get the saul o'boot.


Richard Wilson
Alan Cumming

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This is an epigram by Robert Burns. It was written in 1784 and is read here by Richard Wilson.

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'Epigram on Said Occasion' was inspired by William Campbell of Netherplace, Mauchline who died in 1786. In its partner piece, Epitaph on a Henpecked Country Squire, Burns mocks and pities Campbell his overbearing wife.

Here the poet's mockery reaches an even more contemptuous extreme as he suggests that the community would swap Campbell's wife for his corpse.

Pauline Mackay

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death humour

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