Carlyle's Essay on Burns

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byThomas Carlyle

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901. Excerpt: ... BURNS1 1. In the modern arrangements of society, it is no uncommon thing that a man of genius must, like Butler, "ask for bread and receive a stone; " for, in spite of our grand maxim of supply and demand, it is by no means the 5 highest excellence that men are most forward to recognise. The inventor of a spinning-jenny is pretty sure of his reward in his own day; but the writer of a true poem, like the apostle of a true religion, is nearly as sure of the contrary. We do not know whether it is not an aggravation of the 10 injustice, that there is generally a posthumous retribution. Robert Burns, in the course of Nature, might yet have been living; but his short life was spent in toil and penury; and he died, in the prime of his manhood, miserable and neglected: and yet already a brave mausoleum shines over 15 his dust, and more than one splendid monument has been reared in other places to his fame; the street where he languished in poverty is called by his name; the highest personages in our literature have been proud to appear as his commentators and admirers; and here is the sixth narra 20 tive of his Life that has been given to the world! 2. Mr. Lockhart thinks it necessary to apologise for this new attempt on such a subject: but his readers, we believe, will readily acquit him; or, at worst, will censure only the performance of his task, not the choice of it. 25 The character of Burns, indeed, is a theme that cannot easily become either trite. or exhausted; and will probably gain rather than lose in its dimensions by the distance to 1 Edinburgh Review, No. 96.--Tlie Life of Robert Burns. By J. G. Lockhart, LL.B. Edinburgh, 1828. which it is removed by Time. No man, it has been said, is a hero to his valet; arid this is probably true; but the 30 fault ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901. Excerpt: ... BURNS1 1. In the modern arrangements of society, it is no uncommon thing that a man of genius must, like Butler, "ask for brea...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217821855

ISBN - 13:9780217821858

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