MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Agnes McLehose, dated 20 and 21 January 1788

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MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Agnes McLehose, dated 20 and 21 January 1788

Sunday night --

The impertinence of fools has joined with a return of an
old indisposition, to make me good for nothing today. -
The paper has lain before me all this evening, to write
to my dear Clarinda, but -

"Fools rush'd on fools, as waves succeed to waves"-

I cursed them in my heart soul: they sacreligiously dis-
turbed my meditations on her who holds my heart. -
What a creature is man! A little alarm last night
and today that I am mortal, has made such a
revolution on my spirits! There is no Philosophy,
no Divinity, comes half so home to the mind. -
I have no idea of courage that braves Heaven. -
'Tis the wild ravings of an imaginary hero in

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