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

of the sex, yourself excepted can bestow. -

Sunday even:
You are the constant companion of my
thoughts. - How wretched is the condition of one who is
haunted with conscious guilt, and trembling under the idea
of dreaded Vengeance! And what a placid clam
what a charming secret enjoyment it gives to
bosom - the kind feelings of friendship, and the
fond throes of love! Out upon the tempest of
Anger, the acrimonious gall of fretful Impatience,
the sullen frost of lowring Resentment, or the
corroding poison of withered Envy! They eat up
the immortal part of Man! If they spent their
fury only on the unfortunate objects of them, it
^would be something in their favor; but these miserable pas
-sions, like traitor Iscariot, betray their lord and

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