Burns Night

by Richard on January 25, 2005

A very happy “Burns Night”, whether you’ll be celebrating tonight or (like me) not. Here’s a few lines of Burns’ verse in honour of the great man.

A Man’s a Man For A’ That (1795)

Is there for honest Poverty
That hings his head, an’ a’ that;
The coward slave - we pass him by,
We dare be poor for a’ that!
For a’ that, an’ a’ that.
Our toils obscure an’ a’ that,
The rank is but the guinea’s stamp,
The Man’s the gowd for a’ that.

What though on hamely fare we dine,
Wear hoddin grey, an’ a that;
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine;
A Man’s a Man for a’ that:
For a’ that, and a’ that,
Their tinsel show, an’ a’ that;
The honest man, tho’ e’er sae poor,
Is king o’ men for a’ that.

Ye see yon birkie, ca’d a lord,
Wha struts, an’ stares, an’ a’ that;
Tho’ hundreds worship at his word,
He’s but a coof for a’ that:
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
His ribband, star, an’ a’ that:
The man o’ independent mind
He looks an’ laughs at a’ that.

A prince can mak a belted knight,
A marquis, duke, an’ a’ that;
But an honest man’s abon his might,
Gude faith, he maunna fa’ that!
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
Their dignities an’ a’ that;
The pith o’ sense, an’ pride o’ worth,
Are higher rank than a’ that.

Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a’ that,)
That Sense and Worth, o’er a’ the earth,
Shall 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.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }


Malc 01.26.05 at 3:24 pm

You can celebrate Burns, some random Scottish poet and yet no mention Santes Dwynwen…… who’s saint’s Day it was as well on the 25th….


Richard 01.26.05 at 4:11 pm

I prostrate myself for the oversight Malc…
A brief guide to the blessed woman is here. I hope that partially corrects the omission.


Mike 01.26.05 at 4:26 pm

Random Scottish poet?! Ai, yi want ti a’ show some respect, yi wee li’l… :)


Yellow Monkey 02.28.05 at 4:02 pm

Thank you! Chinese Apes.

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