Quote from Robert Burns

Robert BurnsWhenever I want to be more than ordinary in song - to be in some degree equal to your diviner airs - do you imagine I fast and pray for the divine emanation? Tout au contraire! I have a glorious recipe - the very one that for his own use was invented by the divinity of healing and poetry, when erst he piped to the flocks of Admetus. I put myself on a regimen of admiring a fine woman; and in proportion to the adorability of her charms, in proportion you are delighted with my verses. The lightning of her eye is the godhead of Parnassus, and the witchery of her smile the divinity of Helicon! (Letter to George Thomson, 19-Oct-1794)