by Robert Burns

Complimentary Epigram On Maria Riddell

      "Praise Woman still," his lordship roars,      "Deserv'd or not, no matter?"      But thee, whom all my soul adores,      Ev'n Flattery cannot flatter:       Maria, all my thought and dream,      Inspires my vocal shell;      The more I praise my lovely theme,      The more the truth I tell.