O Life! how pleasant in thy morning,
Young Fancy's rays the hills adorning!
Cold-pausing Caution's lesson scorning,
We frisk away,
Like school-boys at th' expected warning,
To joy and play.

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Original Citation

Burns, Robert. "Epistle to James Smith." Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect. Kilmarnock: John Wilson, 1786, st. 16.

Current Citation

Burns, Robert. "To James Smith." Robert Burns: Selected Poems, edited Carol Mcguirk. Penguin Classics, 1994, I. 16.