Saturday, December 31, 2011

Robbie Burns and "Auld Lang Syne"


I absolutely love the poetry of Robert Burns. 
He is one of my absolute favorite poets. 

If you didn't know...
"Auld Lang Syne" is a poem that was written by Robert Burns in 1788.

Over time it became synonymous with New Year's celebrations.

It is also sung at funerals, graduations, or the ending of other occasions.

The phrase "Auld Lang Syne" actually translates to 
"old, long since" 
or 
"long, long ago"
or more loosely...
"for the sake of old times."


"Auld Lang Syne"

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

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

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit,
Sin' auld lang syne.
For auld, etc.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd.
Sin' auld lang syne.
For auld, etc.

And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak' a right gud-wellie waught,
For auld lang syne.
For auld, etc."

1 comment:

  1. My Dad has a very old book of Rabbie Burns poems. When we were young he would read from it at New Year and special occasions. Have a very Happy New Year.

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