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Selected Poems Of Robert Burns

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As a companion to our video about the life of Robert Burns, we present three of his poems. We begin with 'Winter: Dirge', followed by 'A Red, Red Rose' and finally 'Auld Lang Syne'.

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Winter: A Dirge

Written in 1781, "Winter: A Dirge", is one of Robert Burns' earliest compositions. Burns wrote the following notes about the poem:

"As I am what the men of the world, if they knew such a man, would call a whimsical mortal, I have various forms of pleasure and enjoyment which are in a manner peculiar to myself, or some here and there such out-of-the-way person. Such is the peculiar pleasure I take in the season of Winter more than the rest of the year. This, I believe, may be partly owing to my misfortunes giving my mind a melancholy cast; ... "
Winter Scene
Winter: A Dirge
The wintry west extends his blast,
And hail and rain does blaw;
Or the stormy north sends driving forth
The blinding sleet and snaw:
While, tumbling brown, the burn comes down,
And roars frae bank to brae;
And bird and beast in covert rest,
And pass the heartless day.
The sweeping blast, the sky o'ercast,
The joyless winter day
Let others fear, to me more dear
Than all the pride of May:
The tempest's howl, it soothes my soul,
My griefs it seems to join;
The leafless trees my fancy please,
Their fate resembles mine!
Thou Power Supreme, whose mighty scheme
These woes of mine fulfil,
Here firm I rest; they must be best,
Because they are Thy will!
Then all I want-O do Thou grant
This one request of mine!-
Since to enjoy Thou dost deny,
Assist me to resign.

A Red, Red Rose

"A Red, Red Rose" is one of the greatest love poems. It is based on a folk version of a song that Robert Burns heard during his travels. It was first published in 1794, in The Scots Musical Museum.

Red Rose
A Red, Red Rose
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!
O 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' it were ten thousand mile!

Auld Lang Syne

Robert Burns' most famous poem, Auld Lang Syne, was written in 1781. The poem is based on a tradition folk song. Burns wrote:

"The following song, an old song, of the olden times, and which has never been in print, nor even in manuscript until I took it down from an old man"

The phrase "Auld Lang Syne" can be variously translated as "old long since", "long long ago", "days gone by" or "old times".

Very soon after the poem's publication, it became popular to sing the poem on New Year's Eve, or as it is called in Scotland, Hogmanay. This tradition gradually spread through much of the world.

Auld Lang Syne
Auld Lang Syne
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to min'?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days o' auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak' a cup' o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu'd the gowans fine;
But we've wandered mony a weary foot
Sin auld lang syne.
We twa hae paidl't i' the burn,
From mornin' sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin auld lang syne.
And here's a hand, my trusty frien',
And gie's a hand o' thine;
And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.
And surely ye'll be your pint-stoup,
And surely I'll be mine;
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

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The Life And Times Of Robert Burns

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Interesting Links


Wikipedia - Robert Burns
librivox - Winter: A Dirge
librivox - Auld Lang Syne
librivox - Eighteenth Century Poetry And Prose Collection