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01-25-2010, 10:07 AM
I thought I would post this here rather than on poetry to get a bigger audience.

Tonight is Burns night, so what is your favourite Burn's poem/lines?

Here's mine:

Here Stuarts once in glory reigned,
And laws for Scotland's weal ordained;
But (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/glossary/288.html) now unroof'd their palace stands,
Their sceptre's sway'd by (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/glossary/291.html) other hands;
Fallen indeed, and to the earth
Whence groveling reptiles take their birth.
The injured Stuart line is gone,
A race outlandish fills their throne;
An idiot race, to honour lost;
Who know them best despise them most.

The poem is attributed to Burns [but not confirmed.] This is my favourite because it is so scandalous. It was carved into a glass pane at The Golden Lion Inn, in Stirling and denounced by the Government as treason.

So, what is your favourite?

01-25-2010, 02:32 PM
I like the factoid that you adress the haggis as it's being served. :)

Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o' the puddin-race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o' a grace
As lang's my arm.

01-25-2010, 02:47 PM
And good news for those Americans who don't think haggis tastes like mashed death: their twenty-year ban on Scottish haggis is being lifted (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8477432.stm).

01-25-2010, 03:30 PM
This one sums up his egalitarian principles for me:

For a' That an' a' That (http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poem/326.html)

Especially this verse:
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 riband, star, an' a' that,
The man o' independent mind,
He looks and laughs at a' that.

01-25-2010, 05:12 PM
I know so little Burns I'd have to go with "Weel done, Cutty Sark!" because it's the only line I trust myself to quote correctly. And it's probably wrong...

Mr Flibble
01-25-2010, 05:43 PM
I have ma haggis, neeps and tatties at the ready!

I like the one the Scottish Tourism Board is using at the mo

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer -
A-chasing the wild deer, and following the roe;
My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.