Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dig out your tartan and get ready to Celebrate the life and poetry of Scotland's national Bard Robert Burns.

Dig out your tartan and get ready to celebrate the life and poetry of Scotland's national Bard, Robert Burns. My tartan is a rather dull brown, not very attractive and not one I have ever worn. I prefer one to the brighter, more colorful designs. But this is the one of my heritage, and my father, Paul Harold Elgin. The Original Elgin brothers having immigrated in the early 17th century.

Scotland's national poet Robert Burns is celebrated throughout the world. The universal and timeless appeal of his words has spoken to people across the globe down through the years. Here are a few well-known quotations by the Bard.

My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose
"Oh, my luve's like a red, red rose, That's newly sprung in June; Oh, my luve's like the melodie That's sweetly played in tune."
From Burns' most famous love song 'My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose', penned in 1794. It is written to someone from whom he is parted and hopes to meet again one day, however great the separation.To 

To a Louse
“Oh wad some power the giftie gie us To see oursel's as others see us! It wad frae monie a blunder free us, And foolish notion.”
From the poem 'To A Louse', one of Burns' most famous. The poet notices an upper class lady, Jenny, in church with a louse roaming around unnoticed in her bonnet. The theme is contained in the final lines (above) and is that we would all be disabused of our pretensions if we were to see ourselves through each others' eyes. 

To a Mouse
"The best laid schemes o' mice and men Gang aft a-gley; And leave us naught but grief and pain For promised joy."
These lines, which are amongst the most famous in world literature, are from Burns' poem 'To a Mouse'. The lines inspired the title of John Steinbeck's 1937 classic novel 'Of Mice and Men'.

...and perhaps the best know of all, and in his own hand:

Auld Lang Syne
"Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!"

Amongst the top most sung lines in the English language, these words are, of course, from 'Auld Lang Syne', which has become an anthem sung the world over at New Year.

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