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182. The Libeller's Self-reproof

RASH 1 mortal, and slanderous poet, thy name
Shall no longer appear in the records of Fame;
Dost not know that old Mansfield, who writes like the Bible,
Says, the more ’tis a truth, sir, the more ’tis a libel!

Note 1. These are rhymes of dubious authenticity.-Lang. [back]


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Poem 182. The Libeller's Self-reproof - Robert Burns