Happy Birthday, Mr Burns!

Robert Burns

Tonight is, of course, Burns night, and we’re looking forward to steaming our haggis and bashing our neeps and tatties and raising a glass to Scotland’s national poet.   A few years back, Robert Burns was voted the greatest Scotsman of all time and I find it deeply heartening that that honour has gone to a poet, and not a warrior or politician.

Here are a few words from the great man himself …

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose,

That’s newly sprung in June:

O my Luve’s like the melodie,

That’s sweetly play’d in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonie lass,

So deep in luve am I;

And I will luve thee still, my dear,

Till a’ the seas gang dry.

Till a’ the seas gang dry , my dear,

And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;

And I will luve thee still, my dear,

While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare-thee-weel, my only Luve !

And fare-thee-weel, a while!

And I will come again, my Luve,

Tho’ ’twere ten thousand mile!

Many happy returns Robbie, and thank you for all the pleasure your wonderful poetry has brought.



Filed under Poetry, Scotland

6 responses to “Happy Birthday, Mr Burns!

  1. It’s years since I ate haggis!

  2. Nice post Veronica. I just didn’t have time this year to blog him!

  3. Tom

    Hi Veronica. I do attempt to get out on blog patrol regularly but something always seems to hold me back.
    I can’t remember how many votes separated me and Rabbie in that contest, but if I remember rightly I lost bonus points because I don’t drink the hallowed golden water or eat haggis. I’ve tried both and it isn’t going to happen. I do however love the Highlands and go there often, and I’ve written lots of poems about the place.
    On my next visit, which will be soon, I’ll be having another look at your short stories. Until then, take care,

  4. Lovely to hear from you Tom. I love the highlands too, though I must confess I do go there too often these days. I lived in Scotland when I was a kid and came to really enjoy tramping over the hills, particularly up around Callendar and Loch Katrine.

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