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" A set o' dull conceited hashes Confuse their brains in college classes ! They gang in stirks, and come out asses, Plain truth to speak; An' syne they think to climb Parnassus By dint o "
The Works of Robert Burns: With His Life - Page 175
by Robert Burns, Allan Cunningham - 1834
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Text-book of Poetry: From Wordsworth, Coleridge, Burns, Beattie, Goldsmith ...

Henry Norman Hudson - English poetry - 1875 - 694 pages
...shools, Or knappin-hammers. A set o' dull, conceited hashes, Confuse their brains in college classes I They gang in stirks, and come out asses, Plain truth...speak; An' syne they think to climb Parnassus By dint o1 Greek! ie me a spark o' Nature's flrel That's a' the learning I desire ; Then though I drudge thro'...
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The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Burns

Robert Burns - 1876
...shools, Or knappin-hammers. A set o' dull, conceited Hashes, Confuse their brains in Colledge-classes ! They gang in Stirks, and come out Asses, Plain truth...Nature's fire, That's a' the learning I desire; Then tho' I drudge thro' dub an' mire At pleugh or cart, My Muse, tho' hamely in attire, ' May touch the...
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Poems selected from the works of Robert Burns, ed. by A.M. Bell

Robert Burns - 1876
...author of Dr. Blair's sermons may have made him more keenly sensible of their truth ?) — "A set o' dull, conceited hashes, Confuse their brains in college...syne they think to climb Parnassus By dint o' Greek ! " Meanwhile time was passing, and he was effecting little ; idleness was bringing in dissipation....
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Memorials of Robert Burns and His Contemporaries with Selections from His Poems

P. F. Aiken - 1876 - 422 pages
...knappin1-hammers. A set o' dull, conceited hashes,2 Confuse their brains in college classes ! They gang in stirks,3 and come out asses, Plain truth to speak ; An' syne...think to climb Parnassus By dint o' Greek ! Gie me a spark o' Nature's tire, That's a' the learning I desire ; Then though I drudge through dub an' mire...
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Memorials of Robert Burns and of Some of His Contemporaries and Their ...

Peter Freeland Aiken, Robert Burns - 1876 - 422 pages
...knappir^-hammers. A set o' dull, conceited hashes,2 Confuse their brains in college classes ! They gang in stirks,3 and come out asses, Plain truth to speak ; An' syne...think to climb Parnassus By dint o' Greek ! Gie me a spark o' Nature's fire, That's a' the learning I desire ; Then though I drudge through dub an' mire...
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The Cornhill Magazine, Volume 34

William Makepeace Thackeray - England - 1876
...fools, What sairs your grummers? Ye'd better ta'en up spades and shools Or knappin-hammers. A set o' dull conceited hashes Confuse their brains in college...stirks, and come out asses, Plain truth to speak. And soon they think to climb Parnassus By dint o' Greek. Gie me ae spark o' Nature's fire ! That's...
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Critical Assumptions

K. K. Ruthven - Literary Criticism - 1979 - 263 pages
...prerequisite, the doctus poeta was obliged to lie low, his highest aspirations mocked by Robert Burns in 1785: Gie me ae spark o' Nature's fire, That's a' the learning I desire.13 Since Burns's time revivals of obscurity have been relatively private affairs restricted...
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John Clare and the Bounds of Circumstance

Johanne Clare - Literary Criticism - 1987 - 217 pages
...qualifications entitle you to instruct or entertain us?"9 Burns could reply with blithe assurance: Gie me ae spark o' Nature's fire, That's a' the learning I desire, Then tho' I drudge thro' dub' an' mire At pleugh or cart, My Muse, tho' hamely in attire May touch the heart....
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The Columbia History of British Poetry

Carl R. Woodring, James Shapiro - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 732 pages
...shools, Or knappin-hammers. A set o' dull, conceited hashes, Confuse their brains in colledge-classes! They gang in stirks, and come out asses, Plain truth...syne they think to climb Parnassus By dint o' Greek! The poet then adroitly maneuvers the poem back to himself and his correspondent before wittily signing...
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Robert Burns: The Critical Heritage

Donald A. Low - Reference - 1995 - 447 pages
...shools, Or knappin-hammers. A set o" dull, conceited Hashes, Confuse their brains in Colledge-classes \ They gang in Stirks, and come out Asses, Plain truth...Nature's fire, That's a' the learning I desire; Then tho' I drudge thro' dub an' mire At pleugh or cart, My Muse, tho' namely in attire, May touch the heart....
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