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Outside and Inside, pp.62-63.

[Anecdotes of Burns Contents]

BURNS was one day in a gentleman’s library. The collection was very fine; but the owner happened to be a man not the most able in the world to appreciate the contents. After some conversation with Burns, he expressed himself as being particularly anxious about the bindings of his books; he liked to see books with a handsome exterior. Next morning, the wicked poet was found to have left the following on the library table:- 

Through and through th’ inspir’d leaves 

Ye maggots, make your windings; 

But O, respect his lordship’s taste, 

And spare the golden bindings. 

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