MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Agnes McLehose, dated 3 February 1788

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MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Agnes McLehose, dated 3 February 1788

Sunday Morning -

I have just been before the throne of my God, Clarinda; accord-
-ing to my association of ideas, my sentiments of love and
friendship, I next devote myself to you. - Yesternight I
was happy: happiness "that the world cannot give .-
I kindle at the recollection; but it is a flame where
Innocence looks smiling on, and Honor stands
by, a sacred guard. - Your heart, your fondest wishes,
your dearest thoughts, these are yours to bestow: your
Person is unapproachable, by the laws of your coun
try; and he loves not as I do, who would make
you miserable. -
You are an Angel, Clarinda: you are surely no mor-
tal that "the earth owns." - To kiss your hand, to
live on your smile, is to me far more exquisite
bliss than any the dearest favours that the fairest

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