Robert Burns


Today is the 216th anniversary of the death of Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Bard and, perhaps, most loved figure.

It is clearly a moment for contemplation rather than celebration.

So we simply include some words from Oor Rabbie, who believed that all men were created equal:

Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a’ that,)
That Sense and Worth, o’er a’ the earth,
bear the gree, an’ a’ that.
For a’ that, an’
a’ that,
It’s coming yet for a’ that,
That Man to Man, the world o’er,
Shall brothers be for
a’ that.

bear the gree = come to the fore

But he was also a romantic:

Ye banks and braes o’ bonnie Doon
How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair?
How can ye chaunt, ye little birds,
And I sae weary, fu’ o’ care.
Ye’ll break my heart, ye warbling birds
That wanton through the flowery thorn,
Ye mind me o’ departed joys,
Departed, never to return.

and even in English:

But pleasures are like poppies spread,
You seize the flower, its bloom is shed;
Or like the snow falls in the river,
A moment white–then melts for ever;

Thanks, Rabbie.

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4 Responses to Robert Burns

  1. pennycoho says:

    Yes, clearly Robert Burns is quite an outstanding individual, I believe I have quite a passion for him and his poetry. Huge as a matter of fact, now that I think about it! 🙂


    • He wrote some of the world’s great love poetry:
      My love is like a red red rose
      That’s newly sprung in June
      O my love is like a melodie
      That’s sweetly play’d in tune
      As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
      So deep in love am I
      And I will love thee still, my dear,
      Till a’ the seas gang dry

      Now what girl’s heart could remain unmoved by those words?


  2. mixedupmeme says:

    I really wish I could hear it read. I don’t know much about the great poets. I am sure I would like poetry more and understand it better it I could hear it.

    I have given you an award.


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