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A PRIMER OF BURNS

BY

WILLIAM A. CRAIGIE, B.A.

ASSISTANT AND LECTURER IN THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. ANDREWS

METHUEN & CO.

36 ESSEX STREET, W.C.

LONDON

1896

RICHARD CLAY & Sons, LIMITED,

LONDON & BUNGAY.

PREFACE

THESE pages are mainly intended to supply the reader of Burns with such facts concerning his life and works, as are most necessary for the understanding of his poetry. These facts have been chiefly derived from the editions by Chambers and Scott Douglas; the latter's arrangement of the poems has also been followed in tracing the development of the poet's work. The bibliography has been selected from various sources, and it is hoped that no work of importance has been

omitted.

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