MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Jean McMurdo, contains 'A Ballad'

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MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Jean McMurdo, contains 'A Ballad'

their gaudy glare; sillily straying from one blos-
-soming weed to another, without a meaning &
without an aim; the idiot prey of every pirate
of the skies, who thinks them worth his while
as he wings his way by them; & speedily, by
wintry Time, swept to that oblivion whence they
might as well never have appeared. -

Amid this croud of Nothings, may you, Madam
be Something! May you be a Character, digni-
fied as Rational & Immortal being. -

A still more formidable plague in life; unfeeling
interested Selfishness; is a contagion too impure
to touch you. - The selfish drift to bless
yourself alone; to build your fame on another
ruin; to look on the child of Misfortune without
commiseration, or even the victim of Folly
without pity - these, & every other feature of
a heart rotten at the core, are what you are
totally

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