52. “the drear perspectives of ongoing time?”

Still thou art blest, compar’d wi’ me

The present only toucheth thee:

But, Och! I backward cast my e’e.

On prospects drear!

An’ forward, tho’ I canna see,

I guess an’ fear!

– Robert Burns: ‘To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough’, 1785

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