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The Second Commonplace Book of Robert Burns (page 02 of 40)

Introduction:
Burns when he was in Edinburgh decided to create his second Commonplace Book where he could record his thoughts and compositions as they occurred to him. Commenced on April 9th 1787, its pages are numbered from 1 to 40 with pages 23-26 missing. The bulk of the pages contain copies of poems, which he saved for later use, and his personal reflections are confined to the first dozen or so pages.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT190B
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
The Second Commonplace Book of Robert Burns
Subject:
The book is a good four shillings worth he claims and goes on to muse on the subject of Love quoting some lines of poetry in support. He winds up his introduction claiming that he has no great chance of being wise and casts his lot in with the psalmist's sparrow 'To watch alone on the house tops'.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
When:
9th April 1787 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The book is a good four shillings worth he claims and goes on to muse on the subject of Love quoting some lines of poetry in support. He winds up his introduction claiming that he has no great chance of being wise and casts his lot in with the psalmist's sparrow 'To watch alone on the house tops'.
Description:
Page 2 is where Burns declares to make the book his confidante, recording what he sees without distortion or reservation. He will treat the book with the confidences that he would share with a friend, locked away securely. He intends to include his private story, amours and 'the smiles and frowns of fortune on my bardship'.