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The Poet Pentitent, pp.94-95.

[Anecdotes of Burns Contents]

MRS. HAUGH, who knew the bard well to the last, said that Burns drank from circumstances rather than inclination. Her husband now and then, as he went out by day-light in the morning to his work, met Burns coming home. The poet never passed him without a word or two, expressing his sorrow for the life he was leading, such as:- 

“O, Mr. Haugh, you are a happy man; you have risen from a refreshing sleep, and left a kind wife and children, while I am returning a poor self-condemned wretch to mine.” 

At whatever hour he came home, or in whatever condition he returned, he always spoke kindly to his wife; reproachful words were never heard between them. 

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