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Robert Burns Epitaph

Robert Burns died at his own house in Dumfries on 21 July 1796, at the age of 37. He was given a funeral with military honours and buried in a corner of St Michael's Churchyard, Dumfries. In 1815, Burns was reinterred in a specially built mausoleum, paid for out of public subscription, at a cost of around £1500.

Consigned to earth, here rests the lifeless clay,
Which once a vital spark from heaven inspired!
The lamp of genius shone full bright as day,
Then left the world to mourn its light retired.

While beams that splendid orb which lights the sphere,
While mountain streams descend to swell the main,
While changeful seasons mark the rolling years,
Thy fame, O Burns, let Scotia still retain.

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