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Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson


Of all my verse, like not a single line;
But like my title, for it is not mine.
That title from a better man I stole:
Ah, how much better, had I stol'n the whole!


Book I. In English

      I  Envoy
     II  A Song of the Road
    III  The Canoe Speaks
A Lady Reading Poetry
IV "It is the Season Now to Go" V The House Beautiful VI A Visit From The Sea VII To a Gardener VIII To Minnie IX To K. de M. X To N. V. de G. S. XI To Will. H. Low XII To Mrs. Will. H. Low XIII To H. F. Brown XIV To Andrew Lang XV Et tu in Arcadia Vixisti XVI To W. E. Henley XVII Henry James XVIII The Mirror Speaks XIX Katharine XX To F. J. S. XXI Requiem XXII The Celestial Surgeon XXIII Our Lady of the Snows XXIV "Not Yet, My Soul, These Friendly Fields Desert" XXV "It is Not Yours, O Mother, to Complain" XXVI The Sick Child XXVII In Memoriam F. A. S. XXVIII To My Father XXIX In the States XXX A Portrait XXXI "Sing Clearlier, Muse, Or Evermore Be Still XXXII A Camp (From Travels With a Donkey) XXXIII The Country of the Camisards (From Travels With a Donkey) XXXIV Skerryvore XXXV Skerryvore: The Parallel XXXVI "My House, I Say. But Hark to the Sunny Doves" XXXVII "My Body Which My Dungeon Is" XXXVIII "Say Not of Me That Weakly I Declined"

Book II. In Scots

   I  The Maker to Posterity
  II  Ille Terrarum
 III  "When Aince Aprile Has Fairly Come"
  IV  A Mile An' A Bittock
   V  A Lowden Sabbath Morn
  VI  The Spaewife
 VII  The Blast - 1875
VIII  The Counterblast - 1886
  IX  The Counterblast Ironical
   X  Their Laureate to an Academy Class Dinner Club
  XI  Embro hie Kirk
 XII  The Scotsman's Return From Abroad
XIII  "Late in the Nicht in Bed I Lay"
 XIV  My Conscience!
  XV  To Doctor John Brown
 XVI  "It's an Owercome Sooth for Age an' Youth"

Table of Common Scottish Vowel Sounds

Open A as in rare.
AW as in law
Open E as in mere, but this with exceptions, as heather = heather, wean = wain, lear = lair.
Open E as in mere.
Open O as in more.
Doubled O as in poor.
OW as in bower.
Doubled O as in poor.
ui or u-umlaut
before R
(Say roughly) Open A as in rare.
ui or u-umlaut
before any
other consonant
(Say roughly) Close I as in grin.
Open I as in kite.
Pretty nearly what you please, much as in English, Heaven guide the reader through that labyrinth! But in Scots it dodges usually from the short I, as in grin, to the open E, as in mere. Find the blind, I may remark, are prounced to rhyme with the preterite of grin.

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