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A song-lecture on Robert Burns was given in the Epsom library last evening by Mr. John Barr, chief librarian. The lecturer dealt with Burns' place in Scottish poetry, and outlined his life and character, bis love of Nature and man being emphasised. Reference was made to the poet's patriotism, which was not local but universal, as expressed in the theme "A Man's A Man for a' That." Mr. Barr claimed that " Scots Wha Ha'e " wag one of the greatest poems of liberty ever penned, and had a wider application than merely national. It was as appropriate to the great war ot I liberty just closed a* any poem the war ' had inspired. Ah a poet Bums was great: as a song writer he held first place. In estimating Burns' place a ? a poet the lecturer quoted from W. E. Henley, Cadyle, Lockhart, and other writers and showed how in the opinion of these men, despite his failing.-, which the poet himself whs the first to ; Burns remained a remarkable man tV greatest poet of humanity, „o t inferior .even to Shakespere in this respect .rid ;an arttst in folk song without 'mal. I JiMical items were given by Mi** Jewie Bartlett, Mrs. Cyril TowMyi Mr. Char Monntwn, and Mr. Duncan Black and readings were given by Mr. J. Robertson.

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LECTURE ON ROBERT BURNS., New Zealand Herald, Volume LVI, Issue 17257, 5 September 1919

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LECTURE ON ROBERT BURNS. New Zealand Herald, Volume LVI, Issue 17257, 5 September 1919

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