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date: 01 June 2020

Robert Burns 1759–96
Scottish poet 

  1. Address to the unco guid.
    title of poem, 1787
  2. Then gently scan your brother man,
    Still gentler sister woman;
    Tho' they may gang a kennin wrang,
    To step aside is human.
    ‘Address to the Unco Guid’ (1787)
  3. What's done we partly may compute,
    But know not what's resisted.
    ‘Address to the Unco Guid’ (1787)
  4. Ae fond kiss, and then we sever;
    Ae fareweel, and then for ever!
    ‘Ae fond Kiss’ (1792)
  5. Flow gently, sweet Afton, among thy green braes,
    Flow gently, I'll sing thee a song in thy praise.
    ‘Afton Water’ (1792)
  6. Should auld acquaintance be forgot
    And never brought to mind?
    ‘Auld Lang Syne’ (1796)
  7. We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
    For auld lang syne.
    ‘Auld Lang Syne’ (1796)
  8. Freedom and Whisky gang thegither!
    ‘The Author's Earnest Cry and Prayer’ (1786) l. 185
  9. Ye banks and braes o' bonny Doon,
    How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair;
    How can ye chant, ye little birds,
    And I sae weary fu' o' care!
    ‘The Banks o' Doon’ (1792)
  10. Thou minds me o' departed joys,
    Departed, never to return.
    ‘The Banks o' Doon’ (1792)
  11. Gin a body meet a body
    Comin thro' the rye,
    Gin a body kiss a body
    Need a body cry?
    ‘Comin thro' the rye’ (1796)
  12. I waive the quantum o' the sin;
    The hazard of concealing;
    But och! it hardens a' within,
    And petrifies the feeling!
    ‘Epistle to a Young Friend’ (1786)
  13. Gie me ae spark o' Nature's fire,
    That's a' the learning I desire.
    ‘Epistle to J. L[aprai]k’ (1786) st. 13
  14. The rank is but the guinea's stamp,
    The man's the gowd for a' that!
    ‘For a' that and a' that’ (1790)
  15. A man's a man for a' that.
    ‘For a' that and a' that’ (1790)
  16. Auld nature swears, the lovely dears
    Her noblest work she classes, O;
    Her prentice han' she tried on man,
    An' then she made the lasses, O.
    ‘Green Grow the Rashes’ (1787)
  17. John Anderson my jo, John,
    When we were first acquent,
    Your locks were like the raven,
    Your bonny brow was brent.
    ‘John Anderson my Jo’ (1790)
  18. Some hae meat and canna eat,
    And some wad eat that want it,
    But we hae meat and we can eat,
    Sae let the Lord be thankit.
    ‘The Kirkcudbright Grace’ (1790), also known as ‘The Selkirk Grace’
  19. Man's inhumanity to man
    Makes countless thousands mourn!
    ‘Man was made to Mourn’ (1786) st. 7
  20. Go fetch to me a pint o' wine,
    An' fill it in a silver tassie.
    ‘My Bonnie Mary’ (1790)
  21. My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
    My heart's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer.
    ‘My Heart's in the Highlands’ (1790)
  22. O whistle, an' I'll come to you, my lad.
    title of poem (1788); see Fletcher
  23. 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.
    ‘A Red Red Rose’ (1796), derived from various folk-songs
  24. Scots, wha hae wi' Wallace bled,
    Scots, wham Bruce has aften led,
    Welcome to your gory bed,—
    Or to victorie.
    Now's the day, and now's the hour;
    See the front o' battle lour;
    See approach proud Edward's power,
    Chains and slaverie.
    ‘Robert Bruce's March to Bannockburn’ (1799), also known as ‘Scots, Wha Hae’
  25. Liberty's in every blow!
    Let us do—or die!!!
    ‘Robert Bruce's March to Bannockburn’ (1799)
  26. But pleasures are like poppies spread,
    You seize the flow'r, its bloom is shed.
    ‘Tam o' Shanter’ (1791) l. 59
  27. Nae man can tether time or tide.
    ‘Tam o' Shanter’ (1791) l. 67
  28. Inspiring, bold John Barleycorn,
    What dangers thou canst make us scorn!
    Wi' tippenny, we fear nae evil;
    Wi' usquebae, we'll face the devil!
    ‘Tam o' Shanter’ (1791) l. 105
  29. The mirth and fun grew fast and furious.
    ‘Tam o' Shanter’ (1791) l. 144
  30. Tam tint his reason a' thegither,
    And roars out—‘Weel done, Cutty-sark!’
    ‘Tam o' Shanter’ (1791) l. 185
  31. Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
    Great chieftain o' the puddin'-race!
    ‘To a Haggis’ (1787)
  32. O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us
    To see oursels as others see us!
    It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
    And foolish notion.
    ‘To a Louse’ (1786)
  33. Wee, sleekit, cow'rin', tim'rous beastie,
    O what a panic's in thy breastie!
    ‘To a Mouse’ (1786)
  34. The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
    Gang aft a-gley.
    ‘To a Mouse’ (1786)
  35. Some rhyme a neebor's name to lash;
    Some rhyme (vain thought!) for needfu' cash;
    Some rhyme to court the countra clash,
    An' raise a din;
    For me, an aim I never fash;
    I rhyme for fun.
    ‘To J. S[mith]’ (1786)
  36. Suspense is worse than disappointment.
    letter to Thomas Sloan, 1 September 1791