The Advantage of Mice over Men

But Mousie, thou are no thy-lane,

In proving foresight may be vain:

The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men, Gang aft agley,

An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promis’d joy!

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!

last two verses from Robert Burns’ To A Mouse

Burns shares this with the mouse – our plans that promise ‘joy’ may be in vain. However, the mouse has an advantage: he does not look forward to an unknown future (the future the poet ‘canna see’) and ‘guess an’ fear’

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