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Fragment of poem accompanying Letter of Robert Burns to Mr George S. Sutherland, Playwright, Dumfries (31st December, 1789)

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Fragment of poem accompanying Letter of Robert Burns to Mr George S. Sutherland, Playwright, Dumfries (31st December, 1789)

Introduction:
The fragment is eight lines from line 7 to line 14 of the poem titled 'Prologue spoken at the Theatre at Dumfries' ('No song nor dance I bring'). The published version is not identical with this fragment and has probably been taken from the version which Burns sent to his brother Gilbert a few days after the performance.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT150B
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Fragment of poem accompanying Letter of Robert Burns to Mr George S. Sutherland, Playwright, Dumfries (31st December, 1789)
Subject:
George Sutherlands' Dumfries Theatre had been visited by Burns who in a later letter to his brother described him 'a man of genius' and reported that Sutherland had 'spouted' the prologue 'to his audience with great applause'.
Who:
George Stephens Sutherland (actor & theatre manager, recipient of Burns poem)
Robert Burns (author)
When:
31 December 1789 (date of composition)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
George Sutherlands' Dumfries Theatre had been visited by Burns who in a later letter to his brother described him 'a man of genius' and reported that Sutherland had 'spouted' the prologue 'to his audience with great applause'.
Description:
Burns offers some words of wisdom in the name of Father Time and in the fragment his first attempt at the 14th line is crossed out but reads 'Said Sutherland in one word bid them - Think'. The corrected line reads 'He bade me on you press this one word - Think'.