Robert Burns: Voted the Greatest Scot of All Time


Born today was Robert Burns.

His Scottish poems were gifts from heaven.

But hellishly drinking and wenching by turns,

He died prematurely at age 37..

“My way is: I consider the poetic sentiment, correspondent to my idea of the musical expression, then chuse my theme, begin one stanza, when that is composed—which is generally the most difficult part of the business—I walk out, sit down now and then, look out for objects in nature around me that are in unison or harmony with the cogitations of my fancy and workings of my bosom, humming every now and then the air with the verses I have framed. when I feel my Muse beginning to jade, I retire to the solitary fireside of my study, and there commit my effusions to paper, swinging, at intervals, on the hind-legs of my elbow chair, by way of calling forth my own critical strictures, as my, pen goes.”

—Robert Burns

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 play’d in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie 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 luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee well, my only Luve
And fare thee well, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ it were ten thousand mile.




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  • Even greater than Sean Connery, as done by Craig Ferguson?

  • Welcome, Jack. Connery would have gotten my vote. And Ferguson an honorable mention at least.

  • Thank you so much! Or, to paraphrase Burns himself:

    Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
    great chieftain o' the bloggin' race!

  • Thanks, MargaretSerious. But I hope this doesn't mean I have to wear kilts.

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