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Why did Robert Burns write to a mouse?

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August 28, 2012 11:19PM

After hired hand, John Lambie dug up a field mouses home, Robert was remorseful. In his poem,

"To A Mouse

In turning her up in her nest with the plough, November 1785,"

he likened her condition to that of man.

But Mouse, you are not alone,

In proving foresight may be vain:

The best laid schemes of mice and men

Go often askew,

And leaves us nothing but grief and pain,

For promised joy!

In the 20th century, John Steinbeck used the phrase for his novel's title OF MICE AND MEN reiterating Robert Burns immortal words.