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Fragment on Sensibility

by Robert Burns, 1786

Rusticity's ungainly form
  May cloud the highest mind;
But when the heart is nobly warm,
  The good excuse will find.

Propriety's cold, cautious rules
  Warm fervour may o'erlook:
But spare poor sensibility
  Th' ungentle, harsh rebuke.

Published in Poems and Songs of Robert Burns

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