DESCRIPTION: Robert Burns, dying, asks Jean to pray with him "that the widow's God may saften the road For my helpless bairns and thee." He dies. She wears a lock of his hair and will work for the family until she joins him. He is buried in St Michael's churchyard.
EARLIEST DATE: 1914 (GreigDuncan3)
KEYWORDS: burial death mourning religious children wife
July 21, 1796 - death of Robert Burns
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan3 701, "Burns's Farewell" (1 text)
NOTES: The title of the GreigDuncan3 entry may be confused with the entirely different poem about freemasonry, "The Farewell to the Brethren" by Robert Burns (Robert Burns, The Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns (New Lanark,2005), pp. 164-165); the broadsides of Burns's poem frequently were entitled, simply, "Burns Farewell": see Bodleian, Harding B 25(316), "Burns's Farewell" ("Adieu, a heart-felt warm adieu"), W. Armstrong (Liverpool), 1820-1824; also Harding B 28(225), Harding B 17(43a), Harding B 11(312), "Burns's Farewell"; Harding B 11(1934), Firth b.25(90), Firth c.21(43), Firth c.21(42), "Burn's Farewell"
Another similarly named broadside is for an entirely different poem, "Ae Fond Kiss" by Robert Burns (Robert Burns, The Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns (New Lanark,2005), pp. 320-321): Bodleian, 2806 c.16(311), "Burns's Fareweel" ("Ae fond kiss and then we sever"), G. Walker , jun. (Durham), 1834-1886 - BS
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