Robert Burns

Epitaph on Tam the Chapman

written in 1784

As Tam the chapman on a day Wi' Death forgather'd by the way, Weel pleased, he greets a wight sae famous, And Death was nae less pleas'd wi' Thomas, Wha cheerfully lays down his pack, And there blaws up a hearty crack: His social, friendly, honest heart Sae tickled Death, they could na part; Sae after viewing knives and garters, Death taks him hame to gie him quarters.

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