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Epigram Addressed to an Artist

by Robert Burns, 1787

Dear ———, I'll gie ye some advice,
  You'll tak it no uncivil:
You shouldna paint at angels mair,
  But try and paint the devil.

To paint an Angel's kittle wark,
  Wi' Nick, there's little danger:
You'll easy draw a lang-kent face,
  But no sae weel a stranger.—R. B.

Published in Poems and Songs of Robert Burns

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