"To a Mouse", by R. Burns. The second-last verse inspired the title of a John Steinbeck novel. immortal wordsQuoteWEE, sleekit, cowrin, timrous beastie, O, what a panics in thy breastie! Thou need na start awa sae hasty, Wi bickering brattle! I wad be laith to rin an chase thee, 5 Wi murdring pattle! Im truly sorry mans dominion, Has broken natures social union, An justifies that ill opinion, Which makes thee startle 10 At me, thy poor, earth-born companion, An fellow-mortal! I doubt na, whiles, but thou may thieve; What then? poor beastie, thou maun live! A daimen icker in a thrave 15 S a sma request; Ill get a blessin wi the lave, An never misst! Thy wee bit housie, too, in ruin! Its silly was the wins are strewin! 20 An naething, now, to big a new ane, O foggage green! An bleak Decembers winds ensuin, Baith snell an keen! Thou saw the fields laid bare an waste, 25 An weary winter comin fast, An cozie here, beneath the blast, Thou thought to dwell Till crash! the cruel coulter past Out thro thy cell. 30 That wee bit heap o leaves an stibble, Has cost thee mony a weary nibble! Now thous turnd out, for a thy trouble, But house or hald, To thole the winters sleety dribble, 35 An cranreuch cauld! But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane, In proving foresight may be vain; The best-laid schemes o mice an men Gang aft agley, 40 Anleae us nought but grief an pain, For promisd joy! Still thou art blest, compard wi me The present only toucheth thee: But, Och! I backward cast my ee. 45 On prospects drear! An forward, tho I canna see, I guess an fear!
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