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78. Epitaph for James Smith

78. Epitaph for James Smith

LAMENT him, Mauchline husbands a’,
He aften did assist ye;
For had ye staid hale weeks awa,
Your wives they ne’er had miss’d ye.

Ye Mauchline bairns, as on ye press
To school in bands thegither,
O tread ye lightly on his grass, —
Perhaps he was your father!



Poem 78. Epitaph for James Smith - Robert Burns