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The Stair Manuscript, a collection of 8 early poems and songs by Robert Burns (Poem 1: The Vision, Page 5 of 9; 7&8 missing)

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The Stair Manuscript, a collection of 8 early poems and songs by Robert Burns (Poem 1: The Vision, page 5 of 9; 7& 8 missing)

Introduction:
On a weary winter's evening, Burns looks back on a life wasted, including by his 'blethers ...... in rhyme', but just as he is about to abandon poetry forever, a Scottish Muse comes to him, providing visions of Scotland and its heroes, inspiring him to carry on.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT366.01E
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
The Stair Manuscript, a collection of 8 early poems and songs by Robert Burns (Poem 1: The Vision, Page 5 of 9; 7&8 missing)
Subject:
Burns worked hard and long throughout his life, producing his huge output of poems and songs between farming and later excise duties. 'The Vision' clearly evokes this contrast between the hardship of his life and the breadth of his inspiration.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
Mrs Catherine Gordon Stewart of Stair (d. 1818) (admirer of Burns)
When:
September 1786 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
Burns worked hard and long throughout his life, producing his huge output of poems and songs between farming and later excise duties. 'The Vision' clearly evokes this contrast between the hardship of his life and the breadth of his inspiration.
Description:
Burns completes his description of the glorious Wallace's. Then follow three verses, found only in this manuscript, describing his birthplace Alloway and the lands and noble families of Kyle, the surrounding area. The poem then returns to the usual version with the grave of Coilus, 'sceptr'd Pictish shade', who gave his name to Kyle.