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ON BEING APPOINTED TO AN EXCISE DIVISION

February 2, 2017

Robert Burns commenced his training as an Exciseman in February 1788. Although he had lobbied long and hard to secure a position with the Excise, clearly some of the duties weren’t to his taste.

 

Click here to listen:  https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/on-being-appointed-to-an-excise-division

 

Searching auld wives’ barrels, 

Ochon the day! 

That clarty barm should stain my laurels: 

But—what’ll ye say?   

These movin’ things ca’d wives an’ weans,

Wad move the very hearts o’ stanes!

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