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The Works of Robert Burns: With His Life - Page 175
by Robert Burns, Allan Cunningham - 1834
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The Hidden Wordsworth: Poet, Lover, Rebel, Spy

Kenneth R. Johnston, Kenneth R.. Johnston - Biography & Autobiography - 1998 - 965 pages
...lines of this stanza from "Epistle toJ.L. L*****k [John Lapraik], an Old Scots Bard. April 1st, 1785": 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 Letters of Charlotte Brontė: 1848-1851

Charlotte Brontė - Literary Collections - 1995 - 782 pages
...John Lapraik', stanza 12: A set o' dull, conceited Hashes, Confuse their brains in Colledge-dasses! They gang in Stirks, and come out Asses, Plain truth...syne they think to climb Parnassus By dint o' Greek! In the following stanza Burns asks for 'ae spark o' Nature's fire' so that 'My Muse, tho' hamely in...
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Recreational Services for Older Adults

Jay Sanford Shivers - Family & Relationships - 2002 - 307 pages
...combine to produce experiences that enrich the lives of those involved. 15 Nature-Oriented Activities Gie me ae spark o' nature's fire, that's a' the learning I desire. — Robert Burns NATURE is THE MATERIAL WORLD THAT SURROUNDS HUMAN BEINGS AND Exists independently...
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The Cambridge History of English Literature, 1660-1780

John Richetti - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 945 pages
...Confuse their brains in Colledge-classes! 13 They gang in Stirks, and come out Asses, [young bullocks] Plain truth to speak; An' syne they think to climb...By dint o' Greek! Gie me ae spark o' Nature's fire, [one] That's a' the learning I desire; Then tho' I drudge thro' dub an' mire At pleugh or cart, [plough]...
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Lectures - Shakespeare

Robert G. Ingersoll - Literary Collections - 2007 - 516 pages
...furnish feeling, capacity, genius. He gave his opinion of these manufactured minstrels : * A set o' dull, conceited hashes, Confuse their brains in college...to speak ; An' syne they think to climb Parnassus " Gie me ane spark o' Nature's fire, That's a' the learning I desire ; Then tho' I drudge thro' dub...
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Gigantic Book of Teacher's Wisdom

Erin Gruwell - Education - 2007 - 788 pages
...which he took no interest. — TS ELIOT The beginning is the most important part of the work. — PLATO Gie me ae spark o' Nature's fire. That's a' the learning I desire. . — ROBERT BURNS, FROM "EPISTLE TO J. LAPRAIK," POEMS, MAINLY IN THE SCOTTISH DIALECT (1786) The...
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A Wild Perfection: The Selected Letters of James Wright

James Wright, Anne Wright, Saundra Rose Maley - Literary Collections - 2008 - 672 pages
...reminded, took a turn or two of his own in the necessary labor of pronouncing maledictions upon A set o' dull, conceited hashes Confuse their brains in college...stirks, and come out asses, Plain truth to speak; And syne they think to climb Parnassus By dint o' Greek. Your poem led me back to him, that great spirit,...
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