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To a Young Lady, Miss Jessy Lewars

Thine be the volumes, Jessy fair, And with them take the poet's prayer; That fate may in her fairest page, With every kindliest, best presage, Of future bliss, enrol thy name: With native worth, and spotless fame, And wakeful caution still aware Of ill - but chief, man's felon snare; All blameless joys on earth we find, And all the treasures of the mind These be thy guardian and reward; So prays thy faithful friend, the bard. Robert Burns June 26th 1796


Cal Macaninch

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This is a poem by Robert Burns. It was written in 1796 and is read here by Cal Macaninch.

Themes for this poem

friendship poetry future

Selected for 26 June

Burns wrote this poem of hope and blessing for Jessie Lewars, the young woman who nursed him in his final illness and with whom he was, predictably, a little in love. Touchingly, he signs himself 'the bard'. The 37-year-old invalid's token of affection and gratitude is dated June 26th, 1796. He would be dead within the month.

Donny O'Rourke

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