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Autograph poem of Robert Burns, written in about A.D. 1785-1786 by R. Burns

MS. Add. A. 111
Held at the Weston Library

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An autograph poem of Robert Burns 'on seeing a Louse on a young lady's bonnet at church ': beg. 'Ha ! whaur ye gaun ': composed in 1785 or 1786. It is in this poem that the words occur 'O wad some Power the giftie gie us | To see oursel as ithers see us.' In parts traced over with a pencil.


  • Creation: written in about A.D. 1785-1786 by R. Burns


6 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Add. A. 111

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, no. 29058.

Physical Facet

On paper; 'bound by W. Pratt for H. Stevens 1872' in red morocco


7 3/8 × 6 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom