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“In one will sit a rosy cheek'd maiden with a fetching bonnet in a suitably rural setting; in others: a red, red rose; a horse with no tail and a tim'rous beastie that, on closer inspection, will bear a resemblance to a mouse.”
“There are mice like Robert Burns described, a "wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie.”
“As for the press and television, so tigerish when Bill Clinton presided, except for a few audacious malcontents (notable among them the artful female columnists Molly Ivins, Mary McGrory, and Maureen Dowd) they mostly turned into tim'rous beasties.”
“A rare sweet maid her be," they said of her in the village, "but terribul tim'rous, and I lay her ladyship du give she a rare time of it ....”
“He had felt at the time that "Wee sleekit, cowrin ', tim'rous beastie" was but a poor rejoinder.”
“There is the field mouse -- the "wee sleekit, * cow'rin ', tim'rous beastie," whose nest he turned up and destroyed in his November plowing.”
“He disturbs a mouse's nest and finds in the "tim'rous beastie" a fellow-mortal doomed like himself to "thole the winter's sleety dribble," and draws his oft-repeated moral.”
“The mouse of Scotland has been fortunate in her painters; another, and a still better portrait was to be made of the "wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim'rous beastie," by the great poet of the nation, Robert Burns.”
“Any more than they did when Sir JOHN SUCKLING apostrophised the "wee, sleekit, cow'rin ', tim'rous beastie.”
“Nor tim'rous, sniff'd the spicy, cone-breath'd air;”
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