Burns and Miss Deborah Davies, p.81.

[Anecdotes of Burns Contents]

ONE day when the poet was at the pretty watering-place of Moffat, two ladies rode past – one tall and portly, and the other, “the bonnie wee thing” of his muse. 

A friend asked him why God had made Miss Davies so little while her companion was so large, and he at once produced the epigram – 

“Ask why God made the gem so small, 

An’ why so huge the granite; 

Because God meant mankind should set 

The higher value on it.” 

This impromptu was afterwards written by the poet on a window pane of the Black Bull Inn at Moffat, but the piece of glass which it emblazoned has long since disappeared. 

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