The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume IV

The Songs of Scotland of the Past Half Century

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1856
Language: English
Wordcount: 65,739 / 207 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 53.1
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 826
Added to site: 2006.10.12
mnybks.net#: 13754
Genres: Poetry, Music, History
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bted; but the rise of Burns hastened the result, as being itself a main element in propelling civilisation and diffusing genuine taste. His dazzling success, too, excited emulation in the breasts of our men of genius, as well as tended to exalt in their eyes a country which had produced such a stalwart and gifted son. We may, indeed, apply to the feeling of pride which animates Scotchmen, and particularly Scotchmen in other lands, at the thought of Burns being their countryman, the famous lines of Dryden--

"Men met each other with erected look,
The steps were higher that they took;
Each to congratulate his friends made haste,
And long inveterate foes saluted as they pass'd."

The poor man, says Wilson, as he speaks of Burns, always holds up his head and regards you with an elated look. Scotland has become more venerable, more beautiful, more glorious in the eyes of her children, and a fitter theme for poetry, since the feet of Burns rested on her fields, and since his ardent eyes glow

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