Grave of Burns’s Father in Alloway Kirkyard, pp.109.

[Anecdotes of Burns Contents]

NEAR the gate of the churchyard surrounding the ruin, and in which 

“The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep,” 

is the grave of Burns’s father. It is marked by a plain monumental stone, erected at the cost of the poet, and inscribed with a tender and touching epitaph, the effusion of his nicely-discriminating pen, and deeply imbued with filial affection and regard. It is as follows:- 

“O ye whose cheek the tear of pity stains, 

Draw near with pious revence, and attend! 

Here lie the loving husband’s dear remains, 

The tender father, and the generous friend. 

– 

The pitying heart that felt for human woe; 

The dauntless heart that feared no human pride; 

The friend of man, to vice alone a foe; 

‘For even his failings leaned to virtue’s side.’ ” 

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