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

--ptuous Mahometan; but I am certain I
would be happy creature, beyond any thing we call
bliss here below: nay, it would be a paradise congenial
to you too. - Don't you see us hand in hand, or rather
my arm about your lovely waist, making our remarks
on Sirius, the nearest of the fixed stars; or surveying a
Comet flaming inoxious by us, as we just now would
mark the passing pomp of a travelling Monarch
or, in a shady bower of Mercury or Venus, dedicating the
hour to love; in a mutual converse, relying honor and
revelling endearment - while the most exalted strains
of Poesy and Harmony would be the ready, sponta-
neous language of our souls! Devotion is the favorite
employment of your heart; so is it of mine: what
incentives ^then to, and powers for, Reverence, Gratitude,
Faith and Hope in all the fervours of Adoration and
Praise to that Being whose unsearchable Wisdom,
Power and Goodness so pervaded, so inspired every
Sense and Feeling! - By this time, I dare say, you
will be blessing the neglect of the maid that leaves me destitute of
Paper. - Sylvander.

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