His Gude and Ill, p.48.

[Anecdotes of Burns Contents]

MR. ARCHIBALD PRENTICE could not bear to hear any one speak evil of his friend the poet. Once at a meeting of ministers and elders some of them began to denounce Burns’s works as immoral. “I tell you what,” said the old man, “if you had a’ his ill and the half o’ his gude among ye, ye’d be a’ better men than ye are.” 

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