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Happy Birthday Robbie Burns!
Posted by: Chesil (---.clvdoh.adelphia.)
Date: January 25, 2004 09:26AM

A day for haggis and neeps and tatties!

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: Happy Birthday Robbie Burns!
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-01rh15-16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: January 25, 2004 11:18AM


Re: Happy Birthday Robbie Burns!
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: January 25, 2004 02:04PM

A Stanza Added In A Mason Lodge
by Robert Burns

Then fill up a bumper and make it o'erflow,
And honours masonic prepare for to throw;
May ev'ry true Brother of the Compass and Square
Have a big-belly'd bottle when harass'd with care.

Les


Re: Happy Birthday Robbie Burns!
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: January 26, 2004 03:29PM

It would almost be worth getting married just to play those songs at my wedding.

pam


Re: Happy Birthday Robbie Burns!
Posted by: Ellen (213.40.3.---)
Date: January 27, 2004 04:18PM

I adore Rabbie, and he just happens to have the same birthady as my dad, who I also adore!!

A Red, Red Rose.

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 played 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;
I will uve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.

And fair thee weel, my only luve!
And fair thee weel, a while!
And I will come again, my luve,
Tho' it were ten thousand mile!




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