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The Stair Manuscript, a collection of 8 early poems and songs by Robert Burns (Poem 1: The Vision, Page 7 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 7 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:
BMT366.01G
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 7 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:
Here Burns includes only two verses of Duan Second, as, he writes, the rest can be found in print. In this second section of the poem the Muse, Coila, speaks to Burns, describing the inspiration of muses to all men of Scotland. She has watched over him with hope from his earliest days, inspired by the land, love and passion, and guided him. He may never equal his poetic heroes, but should strive to shine in his humble sphere and be true to poetry, bringing a rustic bard greater bliss than riches or a king's favour.