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Who wrote these lines?
Posted by: Doris Kennard (
Date: February 03, 2003 05:59PM

The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley.

Re: Who wrote these lines?
Posted by: Julia33 (
Date: February 03, 2003 06:13PM

It's Robbie Burns, but I can't think which poem. I'll let you know if I find it.

Re: Who wrote these lines?
Posted by: Les (
Date: February 03, 2003 07:29PM

Here you go:

To A Mouse
by Robert Burns

Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee
Wi' murd'ring pattle!

I'm truly sorry man's dominion,
Has broken nature's social union,
An' justifies that ill opinion,
What makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth-born companion,
An' fellow-mortal!

I doubt na, whiles, but thou may thieve;
What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!
A daimen icker in a thrave
'S a sma' request;
I'll get a blessin wi' the lave,
An' never miss't!

Thy wee bit housie, too, in ruin!
It's silly wa's the win's are strewin!
An' naething, now, to big a new ane,
O' foggage green!
An' bleak December's winds ensuin,
Baith snell an' keen!

Thou saw the fields laid bare an' waste,
An' weary winter comin fast,
An' cozie here, beneath the blast,
Thou thought to dwell -
Till crash! the cruel coulter past
Out thro' thy cell.

That wee bit heap o' leaves an' stibble,
Has cost thee mony a weary nibble!
Now thou's turn'd out, for a' thy trouble,
But house or hald,
To thole the winter's sleety dribble,
An' cranreuch cauld!

But Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain;
The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

Still thou art blest, compar'd wi' me;
The present only toucheth thee:
But och! I backward cast my e'e,
On prospects dreaer!
An' forward, tho' I canna see,
I guess an' fear!

Re: Who wrote these lines?
Posted by: Barb (
Date: February 03, 2003 08:37PM


Re: Who wrote these lines?
Posted by: Julia33 (
Date: February 03, 2003 09:31PM

Um, I did, and it's insurance quotes! Are you sure that's the url you meant?

Re: Who wrote these lines?
Posted by: Jean (
Date: May 25, 2005 04:13PM

Robert Burns a scottish Poet

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