Sunday, January 25, 2009

Rabbie Burrrrrns Day

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted




The tune to this wonderful song of humanity is at January 25 in the Book of Days, in midi format.

Is there for honest Poverty
That hings his head, an' a' that;
The coward slave – we pass him by,
We dare be poor for a' that!
For a' that, an' a' that.
Our toils obscure an' a' that,
The rank is but the guinea's stamp,
The Man's the gowd for a' that.

What though on hamely fare we dine,
Wear hoddin grey, an' a' that;
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine;
A Man's a Man for a' that:
For a' that, and a' that,
Their tinsel show, an' a' that;
The honest man, tho' e'er sae poor,
Is king o' men for a' that.

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 ribband, star, an' a' that:
The man o' independent mind
He looks an' laughs at a' that.

A prince can mak a belted knight,
A marquis, duke, an' a' that;
But an honest man's abon his might,
Gude faith, he maunna fa' that!
For a' that, an' a' that,
Their dignities an' a' that;
The pith o' sense, an' pride o' worth,
Are higher rank than a' that.

Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a' that,)
That Sense and Worth, o'er a' the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an' a' that.
For a' that, an' a' that,
It's coming yet for a' that,
That Man to Man, the world o'er,
Shall brothers be for a' that.
Robert Burns, Scottish poet, born on January 25, 1759; 'A Man's A Man For A' That'

Glossary

Paolo Nutini sings this song on YouTube

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3 Comments:

Blogger Duncan said...

Great post, reminding readers that Burns was someone more than about the New Year and Haggis.

By the way I have a similar post at
http://greenmanharper.blogspot.com/ if you would care to have a look.

Thanks again for such a great site and your impassioned work for a better world.

Cheers,

Duncan Saunders

1:16 AM  
Blogger Pip said...

Thanks so much for your kind and generous words, Duncan. I have visited your post, http://greenmanharper.blogspot.com/2009/01/robert-burns.html but can find no other reference to that poem on the Net. So, looks like you have had the opportunity to be the first to show the jewel. Thank you.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Pip said...

By the way, I found that the comments verification box on your home blog post didn't work for my Blogger account. It didn't show the letters I was supposed to type in, and I tried a few times. Cheers, happy Burrrrrrrrrrrrrrns Day.

2:33 PM  

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