Lines sent to John Syme of Ryedale

O had the malt thy strength of mind, Or hops the flavour of thy wit, 'Twere drink for first of human kind, A gift that e'en for Syme were fit.


Bill Paterson

About this work

This is an epigram by Robert Burns. It was written in 1795 and is read here by Bill Paterson.

Themes for this epigram

drink humour

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