"Address to the Devil" is a poem by Scottish poet Robert Burns. It was written in Mossgiel in 1785 and published in the Kilmarnock volume in 1786. The poem was written as a humorous portrayal of the Devil and the pulpit oratory of the Presbyterian Church. It begins by quoting from Milton's Paradise Lost as a contrast with the first two lines of the poem itself:
O thou! Whatever title suit thee,
Auld Hornie, Satan, Nick or Clootie
The poem is also skeptical of the Devil's existence and of his intentions to punish sinners for all eternity as in the stanza.
This contrasts with the views contained in works such as Paradise Lost and the preachings of the Church.
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