To a Lady, with a Present of a Pair of Drinking-glasses (Poem by Robert Burns)

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To a Lady, with a Present of a Pair of Drinking-glasses
By Robert Burns


Fair Empress of the Poet's soul,
    And Queen of Poetesses;
Clarinda, take this little boon,
    This humble pair of glasses.

And fill them high with generous juice,
    As generous as your mind;
And pledge me in the generous toast — 
    "The whole of human kind!"

"To those who love us!" — second fill;
    But not to those whom we love;
Lest we love those who love not us! — 
    A third — "to thee and me, love!"

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