Happy Birthday Robert Burns

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Today marks the celebration of the birthdate of Scottish poet Robert Burns and Burn’s Night will be celebrated in Scottish communities throughout the world.

Rabbie was born in Scotland on the 25th of January 1759 and the “ploughman poet” went on to write over 500 poems; his most famous including Auld Lang Syne, A Winter Night and My Heart’s in the Highlands.

His work has inspired many poets, famous figures and celebrities. Abraham Lincoln had a lifelong admiration for his poetry and was not averse to reciting Burn’s poems at presidential gatherings. More recently, his poem Tam O’Shanter was believed to have been the inspiration for Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Robert Burns died in the summer of 1796 at the age of 37 and his estate was valued at the sum of £1 proving, even then, that poetry will never make you rich. He was a great romantic and having fathered at least thirteen children with four different women it seems only appropriate to raise a toast and leave you with his poem A Red, Red, Rose. Enjoy your haggis, tatties and neeps.

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!

22 Comments

Interesting reminder. I hadn’t heard of the ‘Thriller’ connection before. Thanks for posting, Davy. (Is that Nessie just breaking through the surface in your picture???).

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Thanks for sharing a little history and the poem…both beautiful. ☺

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The Thriller link is interesting – i’ll look that up. One of my first memories is watching Thriller and being terrified. Enjoy a Scotch tonight.

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Thank you for posting this

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I really enjoyed reading his poems during school

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Ah, so lovely, Davy. I passed by his birthplace, I believe, when I visited Scotland years ago. But we didn’t stop. One of my favorites is “To a Louse.” I think that’s the name of it.

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I enjoyed reading the factual parts and the poem. Thank you for introducing him to us, Davy! ❤

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