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 Post subject: Robert Burns
PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:44 pm 
I won't even attempt a post in Scots [yet] but since he was the man at the mither tongue and since its his 250th anniversary what are your favourite poems?

I'm a big fan of 'a mans a man for a' that', 'ye jacobites' and 'my love is like a red red rose' there may well be more i like but i only know these because of eddi reader.

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 cuif 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 aboon 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.

I've put in bold words i do not fully understand so feel free to help out


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:01 pm 
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Hoddin Gray = 'poor or bad quality clothes'

Birkie = boy

Cuif = fool or idiot


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 Post subject: Re: Robert Burns
PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:04 pm 
Cheers


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For me it has to be Ye Jacobites'... even though it's sang very much as a Jacobite song, he seems
to tear into the idea of the whole Jacobite thing...

Ye Jacobites by name, give an ear, give an ear,
Ye Jacobites by name, give an ear,
Ye Jacobites by name,
Your fautes (faults) I will proclaim,
Your doctrines I maun (must) blame, you shall hear.

What is Right, and What is Wrang, by the law, by the law?
What is Right and what is Wrang by the law?
What is Right, and what is Wrang?
A short sword, and a lang,
A weak arm and a strang, for to draw.

What makes heroic strife, famed afar, famed afar?
What makes heroic strife famed afar?
What makes heroic strife?
To whet th' assassin's knife,
Or hunt a Parent's life, wi' bluidy war?

Then let your schemes alone, in the state, in the state,
Then let your schemes alone in the state.
Then let your schemes alone,
Adore the rising sun,
And leave a man undone, to his fate


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 Post subject: Re: Robert Burns
PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:42 pm 
i dinna ken aboot the uppermaist in ma estimation, but it has tae be spake that the mannie wis proper deefrent, outspake if nae ayeways honest, talentit if noo an' agane guilty o streetchin the Scots leid a little tae fit his yis!

i mean, whit oan Jock Tamson's big green earth is a blellum?


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 Post subject: Re: Robert Burns
PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:45 pm 
blellum = an idle, indiscrete talker


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Saorsa.no.bas wrote:
an idle, indiscrete talker

He was only askin. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Robert Burns
PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:54 pm 
:lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Robert Burns
PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:59 pm 
aye, ye ken why that word's gote intae usage? 'cos 'a Burns' scrievin! it's nae a real Scots word!


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 8:01 pm 
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Adhamh O Broin wrote:
i mean, whit oan Jock Tamson's big green earth is a blellum?


Sib tae a "bletherskite".

Beul = mooth.

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The Burnzy fella certainly was a busy wee scribbler eh'... collection of his works with translation :-

http://www.worldburnsclub.com/poems/tra ... index.html


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 Post subject: Re: Robert Burns
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 1:55 am 
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Ma favourite Burns poem is this ane..

http://www.worldburnsclub.com/poems/translations/376.htm

On Seeing The Royal Palace At Stirling in Ruins

Here Stewarts once in glory reign'd,
And laws for Scotland's weal ordain'd;
But now unroof'd their palace stands,
Their sceptre fallen to other hands:
Fallen indeed, and to the earth,
Whence grovelling reptiles take their birth!
The injured Stewart line is gone,
A race outlandish fills their throne:
An idiot race, to honour lost -
Who know them best despise them most.

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 Post subject: Re: Robert Burns
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 1:59 am 
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Scott wrote:
Who know them best despise them most.

Not to over play the part, but I reckon that is a very significant line from history.


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 Post subject: Re: Robert Burns
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:59 am 
glasgow wrote:
Scott wrote:
Who know them best despise them most.

Not to over play the part, but I reckon that is a very significant line from history.


Aye but we're no allowed tae say so. However A do feel it is oor right tae be constructively critical o the puppy hugging, intelligent, tolerant, self sacraficing, wordly, generous people :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Robert Burns
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:08 am 
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Thats not very PaCi of you


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 Post subject: Re: Robert Burns
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:12 am 
I speak as I find


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Mr miles wrote:
Thats not very PaCi of you


Ah'm "person o colour" affrontit at ye Sir.

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