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USC Unveils Handwritten Copy of Burns 'Afton' Poem

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SUSANNE M. SCHAFER
Associated Press

 
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A rare, hand-written copy of a famous verse by Scottish national poet Robert Burns has been unveiled at a University of South Carolina library.
 
USC Dean of Libraries Tom McNally on Wednesday introduced the manuscript in Burns' handwriting titled "Afton Braes," also known as "Flow Gently Sweet Afton."
 
McNally said the manuscript became part of the university's Scottish literature collection through funds from private donors who asked to remain anonymous.
 
McNally says the poem was acquired in honor of the collection's originator, the late USC English professor G. Ross Roy.
 
The manuscript's debut comes just days before the annual, world-wide celebration of Burns' birthday Saturday.
 
Burns was born in 1759 and is revered around the world for his poems, song lyrics and support for the common man.

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