The Book Worms

Through and through th' inspir'd leaves, Ye maggots, make your windings; But O respect his lordship's taste, And spare his golden bindings


Vivien Heilbron

About this work

This is an epigram by Robert Burns. It is read here by Vivien Heilbron.

More about this epigram

The poem was supposedly inscribed in a volume of Shakespeare in a nobleman's library, according to Alexander Cunningham. John Syme copied a variant which was written in a bible that a friend offered Burns for his inscription.

Ralph Richard McLean

Themes for this epigram

humour hypocrisy

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