Wednesday, December 31, 2008

'Auld Lang Syne' (Times Long Gone)

Today in the Book of Days: the folklore and customs of New Year's Eve. And free New Year's Eve e-cards. Also Happy New Year e-cards.

'Auld Lang Syne' ('Times Long Gone')
By Robert Burns

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes
And pu'd the gowans fine
But we've wander'd mony a weary foot
Sin' auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl't in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint stoup
And surely I'll be mine
And we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

Robbie Burns in the Book of Days

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Blogger Fignatz said...

Hi Pip. You may have canvassed this at some stage, but I've always been perplexed about why the Gregorian calendar decided the new year should start on this particular date. It seems to me that the pagans had it right (as usual), with the new year starting from the northern winter solstice. Maybe that was just too logical and natural for a religion run by a bunch of guys in frocks.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Pip said...

Hi Fignatz. It's a long and complicated answer ... a little of which I cover in my article at

Hope that's of help; and happy 2009!


10:57 AM  
Blogger Fignatz said...

Thanks Pip, and a happy one to you, whenever it really starts and finishes. And thanks for the reference and background. Although me, I'll take the lunar / yin goddesses every time. They look better in flimsy sheets.


11:21 AM  
Blogger Pip said...

You got that right. Certainly a lot better looking than me.

11:32 AM  

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