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William Chalmers Burns and Scottish Revival, then off to China.

William Chalmers Burns (1815-1868)

Called by Robert to

Pinch hit at Anwoth.

Little spot in Lowlands.

Not a lot to brag about.

Rain often

Crops mediocre.

Livestock scraggly.

But the folks had heart.

Loved me from the start.

Robert* was heading

Toward Holy Land.

Through Europe.

Much for his dampened

Coughing health.

Good friends with him.

Brother Andrew** for one.

Now, once into deserts

Robert came down, badly.

Flat on his back.

Praying for us

Up in Bonnie Scotland.

Revival fell with that

Simple dynamic.


Heather shook with the Glory.

Colourful it was.

Never to be dislodged

From reborn lives.

*Robert Murray M'Cheyne

** A A Bonar

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William Chalmers Burns, 1815-1868. Revivalist. Missionary.

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Written on March 05, 2023

Submitted by dougb.19255 on March 05, 2023

Modified by dougb.19255 on March 12, 2023

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Scheme X X X X X A A X X B X X X C X X B X C X X X X X
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
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Stanzas 24
Stanza Lengths 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1

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