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

Did you ever meet with the following lines
spoken of Religion, your darling topic -
" 'Tis this, my friend, that streaks our morning bright
" 'Tis this that gilds the horror of our night!
" When wealth forsakes us, and when friends are few;
" When friends are faithless, or when foes pursue;
" 'Tis this that wards the blow or stills the smart,
" Disarms affliction, or repels its dart:
" Within the breast bids purest rapture rise;
" Bids smiling Conscience spread her cloudless skies. -"
I met with these verses very early in life, and
was so delighted with them that I have them by
me, copied at school. -
Goodnight, and sound rest, my dearest Clarinda!
Sylvander

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