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Epitaph for James Smith

by Robert Burns, 1785

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!

Published in Poems and Songs of Robert Burns

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