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Burnsiana free pdf Excerpt from Burnsiana: A Collection of Literary Odds and Ends Relating to Robert Burns To read that list, gentlemen, is like glancing over the social history of Scotland during the last twenty-five years. It gives you milestones in the record of our professions, our art, our literature, our statecraft- eminent doctors, learned judges and lawyers- painters, poets, and journalists- a roll that stretches from James Bannatyne to Cameron Lees - in which jurisprudence is represented by names such as Inglis and Moncrief, Young, and Shand - journalism by Stoddart and Charles Cooper - and which reverences literature by beginning with Professor Masson and ending with Andrew Lang. Such a list needs to Edinburgh men and Scottish men no embellishment of mine. With such an index to its first volume it is not necessary to remind the members of this Club of the cloud of testimony from outside which supports them in their self-appointed task of keeping fresh and green "the immortal memory," nor to recall that unparalleled outburst of a nation's enthusiasm - which is one of the most vivid recollections of my own boyhood - on this day thirty-four years ago, when Scotland, from John o' Groat's to Wigton Bay, from Aberdeen to Ardnamurchan, blazed into hero-worship - when the English-speaking world as well as the Scottish-speaking world stood up to do honour to that memory- that night when not only every town and hamlet in our country held high revel, but when every city in India, every sheep station in Australia, every knot of log cabins in Canada saw drawn together groups of Scotsmen in whose hearts a national pride was fired anew by the name of him whose magic had added lustre to their common country, and infused a deathless music into their common tongue. Needless, too, to recall the tributes of Ardmillan, and Monckton Milnes, and Isa Craig, of Lockhart and Carlyle, of Emerson and Lowell, of Goethe and Heine, or the other famous names in German and French literature who have justified to all time the cult of this Club. But with a chorus of such voices, who shall name our Poet unwept, unhonoured, or unsung, caret quia vate sacro? I think, although I have abandoned the project, I may have suggested to you that duly to praise his prophets - fitly to sing those who sang the singer - is a worthy task for worthier yet to do- and that to-night, when we rise to drink the immortal memory of Burns, it may be fitting to feel that we also stand uncovered in the presence of those who have decorated that memory - the illustrious living, the glorious dead - those who, having made their mark on the rock of life, paused, ere going, to lay of their best on his tomb, and then sped on to join him in the beyond- and those who, still enriching the world by their presence and their work, have rejoiced to add fragrance to his memory by their word. Far be it from me to suggest that there is not much yet to say of our many-sided poet - and much well worth the saying - only I am not competent to say it. The subject is a well-nigh inexhaustible mine. But the mine is to the miners, and criticism to the critics. To measure his achievements relatively to others, to weigh his effect on letters, to winnow, select, and appraise the work he produced, demands the scientific standard, the trained balance, the fine-meshed sieve which belongs to an honoured department of literature. To admire, to deplore, to love is not enough. But the defect of this equipment whereby the learned perpend and pronounce, does not prevent us, others - the rest of the world - from feeling Burns - feeling, enjoying, and loving his work, as does our whole nation- while "Sister lands have learned to love the tongueIn which such songs are sung." There is no side of our common humanity to which he does not irresistibly appeal, and there is no thought of racial exclusiveness or class distinction in the movement of that appeal.

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Author : John Dawson Ross
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1331382645
EAN : 9781331382645
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 422 pages
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