In Memory of Edward Wilson, Who Repented of what was in his Mind to Write after Section

Original Text: 
Lewis Campbell, The Life of James Clerk Maxwell, with a selection from his correspondence and occasional writings and a sketch of his contributions to science. London: Macmillan, 1882. QC 16 M4C3 Gerstein Library
Rigid Body (sings).
2    Flyin' through the air,
3Gin a body hit a body,
4    Will it fly? and where?
5Ilka impact has its measure,
6    Ne'er a ane hae I,
7Yet a' the lads they measure me,
8    Or, at least, they try.
9Gin a body meet a body
10    Altogether free,
11How they travel afterwards
12    We do not always see.
13Ilka problem has its method
14    By analytics high;
15For me, I ken na ane o' them,
16    But what the waur am I?

Notes

1] [Title]: section: perhaps Section A (Mathematics and Physics), meeting of the British Association.
Maxwell here modifies Robert Burns' poem, "Comin Thro' the Rye". Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1882
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2001
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