Epitaph on D- C-

Here lies in earth a root of Hell, Set by the Deil's ain dibble; This worthless body damned himself, To save the Lord the trouble.


Annette Crosbie

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This is an epitaph by Robert Burns. It is read here by Annette Crosbie.

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'Epitaph on D-C- did not appear in print until after Burns's death and 'D-C-' remains unidentified.

This short verse addresses suicide, perceived by Burns to be a sin: 'This worthless body damned himself,/To save the Lord the trouble.'

Pauline Mackay

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