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

"is; that this life affords no solid satisfaction, but in the
"consciousness of having done well, and the hopes of
"another life. Adieu! I have my best wishes with you. -
J. Locke. "

Clarinda, may I reckon on your friendship for life?
I think I may. Thou Almighty Preserver of Men!
Thy friendship, which hitherto I have too much neglected,
to secure it shall, all the future days and nights of my
life, be my steddy care! - The idea of my Clarin-
da follows. -

"Hide it my heart, within that close disguise,
"Where mix'd with God's her lov'd idea lies. - "
But I fear that inconstancy, the consequent imperfection of
human weakness. - Shall I meet with a friendship that
defies years of Absence and the chances and changes of
Fortune? Perhaps "such things are." One honest man
I have great hopes from, that way: but who, except a
Romance-writer, would think on a love that could promise
for life, in spite of distance, absence, chance and change;
and that too, with slender hopes of Fruition? - For

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