A Poet* Was Willing to be Gallantly Damned
The Plot. In six scenes scattered through the last twelve years of Robert Burns' life, John Drinkwater has tried to give not so much an historical as a spiritual biography in play form. Yet the story is not maltreated. The first scene shows him as a young plowman already cheerfully confronting woman and the unco godly in the persons of Nell and Holy Willie— laughing and singing:
There's naught but care on ev'ry han',
In every hour that passes, O:
What signifies the life o'...