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Robert Burns

Robert Burns

1759 - 1796Robert Burns, also known familiarly as Rabbie Burns, the National Bard, Bard of Ayrshire, the Ploughman Poet and various other names and epithets, was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is in a "light Scots dialect" of English, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these writings his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest. He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish diaspora around the world. Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV. As well as making original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. His poem (and song) "Auld Lang Syne" is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and "Scots Wha Hae" served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country. Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well known across the world today include "A Red, Red Rose", "A Man's a Man for A' That", "To a Louse", "To a Mouse", "The Battle of Sherramuir", "Tam o' Shanter" and "Ae Fond Kiss".Read more on Wikipedia


'Twas Na Her Bonnie Blue Een.
A Bard's Epitaph.
A Dedication To Gavin Hamilton, Esq.
A Dream.
A Fragment.
A Grace Before Dinner.
A Grace Before Meat.
A Grace.
A Mother's Lament For The Death Of Her Son.
A Prayer - In The Prospect Of Death.
A Prayer, Under The Pressure Of Violent Anguish.
A Red, Red Rose.
A Rose-Bud By My Early Walk.
A Vision.
A Winter Night.
Address Of Beelzebub To The President Of The Highland Society.
Address To An Illegitimate Child.
Address To Edinburgh.
Address To The Deil
Address To The Shade Of Thomson, On Crowning His Bust At Ednam With Bays.
Address To The Toothache.
Address To The Unco Guid, Or The Rigidly Righteous.
Address To The Wood-Lark.
Address, Spoken By Miss Fontenelle On Her Benefit Night.
Adown Winding Nith.
Ae Fond Kiss.
Ah, Chloris, Since It May Na Be.
Amang The Trees.
Anna, Thy Charms.
Answer To A Poetical Epistle Sent To The Author By A Tailor.
As I Was A-Wand'Ring.
Auld Lang Syne.
Auld Rob Morris.
Bannockburn. Robert Bruce's Address To His Army. (Second Version.)
Bannocks O' Barley.
Behold The Hour.
Bess And Her Spinning-Wheel.
Beware O' Bonnie Ann.
Blithe Was She.
Blooming Nelly.
Blythe Hae I Been.
Bonnie Jean.
Bonnie Lassie, Will Ye Go.
Bonnie Lesley.
Bonnie Peg.
Bonnie Peggy Alison.
Braving Angry Winter's Storms.
Braw Lads Of Galla Water.
Bruce To His Men At Bannockburn. (First Version.)
But Lately Seen.
By Allan Stream.
Ca' The Ewes.
Ca' The Yowes.
Canst Thou Leave Me Thus.
Cassillis' Banks.
Cock Up Your Beaver.
Come Boat Me O'Er To Charlie.
Come Down The Back Stairs.
Come, Let Me Take Thee.
Coming Through The Rye.
Contented Wi' Little.
Country Lassie.
Craigie-Burn Wood.
Dainty Davie.
Death And Dr. Hornbook. - A True Story.
Delia. - An Ode.
Deluded Swain, The Pleasure.
Despondency. - An Ode.
Duncan Gray.
Elegy On Miss Burnet, Of Monboddo.
Elegy On The Death Of Robert Ruisseaux.
Elegy On The Year 1788 A Sketch.
Epistle From Esopus To Maria.
Epistle To A Young Friend. - May, 1786.
Epistle To Hugh Parker.
Epistle To J. Rankine, Enclosing Some Poems.
Epistle To Major Logan.
Epistle To Robert Graham, Esq. Of Fintray: On The Close Of The Disputed Election Between Sir James Johnstone And Captain Miller, For The Dumfries District Of Boroughs.
Epistle To William Creech.
Epitaph On Holy Willie.
Epitaph On William Nicol.
Eppie Adair.
Extempore In The Court Of Session.
Extempore Pinned On A Lady's Couch.
Fair Eliza.
Fair Jeany.
Fairest Maid On Devon Banks.
Farewell, Thou Stream.
First Epistle To Davie, - A Brother Poet
First Epistle To Robert Graham, Esq. Of Fintray.
First When Maggy Was My Care.
Flow Gently, Sweet Afton.
For Gavin Hamilton.
Forlorn, My Love, No Comfort Near.
Frae The Friends And Land I Love.
Fragment Inscribed To The Right Hon. C.J. Fox.
Galla Water.
Gane Is The Day.
Gloomy December.
Gudeen To You, Kimmer.
Had I A Cave.
Had I The Wyte.
Handsome Nell.
Hee Balou.
Her Daddie Forbad.
Her Flowing Locks.
Here Is The Glen.
Here's A Bottle And An Honest Friend!
Here's A Health.
Here's His Health In Water.
Here's To Thy Health, My Bonnie Lass.
Hey For A Lass Wi' A Tocher.
Hey, The Dusty Miller
Highland Mary.
Holy Willie's Prayer.
How Can I Be Blythe And Glad?
How Cruel Are The Parents.
How Lang And Dreary Is The Night.
How Long And Dreary Is The Night.
Husband, Husband.
I Am My Mammy's Ae Bairn.
I Do Confess Thou Art Sae Fair.
I Dream'd I Lay.
I Gaed A Waefu' Gate Yestreen.
I Murder Hate.
I'll Ay Ca' In By Yon Town.
Impromptu, On Mrs. R----'s Birthday.
Impromptu, To Miss Ainslie.
Inscription On A Goblet.
Inscription. On The Headstone Of Fergusson.
Is There, For Honest Poverty.
It Is Na, Jean, Thy Bonnie Face.
Jamie, Come Try Me.
Jessy Lewars.
Jockey's Ta'En The Parting Kiss.
John Anderson.
John Barleycorn: A Ballad.
Lady Mary Ann.
Lady Onlie.
Lament For James, Earl Of Glencairn.
Lament Of Mary, Queen Of Scots, On The Approach Of Spring.
Lament, Occasioned By The Unfortunate Issue Of A Friend's Amour.
Landlady, Count The Lawin.
Lassie Wi' The Lint-White Locks.
Last May A Braw Wooer.
Let Not Woman E'er Complain.
Letter To James Tennant, Of Glenconner.
Liberty. - A Fragment.
Lines Intended To Be Written Under A Noble Earl's Picture.
Lines On Meeting With Lord Daer.
Lines On Mrs. Kemble.
Lines On Stirling.
Lines Sent To Sir John Whitefoord, Bart., Of Whitefoord. With The Foregoing Poem.
Lines To John Rankine.
Lines Written On A Bank-Note.
Lines Written On A Window Of The Globe Tavern, Dumfries.
Lines Written On A Window.
Lines Written Under The Picture Of The Celebrated Miss Burns.
Lines, Sent To A Gentleman Whom He Had Offended.
Logan Water.
Lord Gregory.
Louis, What Reck I By Thee.
Lovely Davies.
Lovely Polly Stewart.
Luckless Fortune.
Lying At A Reverend Friend's House On Night, The Author Left The Following Verses In The Room Where He Slept.
Macpherson's Farewell.
Man Was Made To Mourn. - A Dirge.
Mark Yonder Pomp.
Mary Morison.
Meg O' The Mill.
Meikle Thinks My Luve.
Merry Hae I Been Teethin' A Heckle.
Monody, On A Lady Famed For Her Caprice.
Montgomery's Peggy.
Musing On The Roaring Ocean.
My Ain Kind Dearie O.
My Bonnie Mary.
My Collier Laddie.
My Father Was A Farmer.
My Harry Was A Gallant Gay.
My Heart Is A-Breaking, Dear Tittie.
My Heart Was Ance.
My Heart's In The Highlands.
My Hoggie.
My Jean!
My Lady's Gown, There's Gairs Upon'T.
My Love She's But A Lassie Yet.
My Nannie's Awa.
My Peggy's Face.
Nature's Law. - A Poem Humbly Inscribed To G. H. Esq.
Nithsdale's Welcome Hame.
Now Spring Has Clad The Grove In Green. To Mr. Cunningham.
O Ay My Wife She Dang Me.
O Bonnie Was Yon Rosy Brier.
O Gude Ale Comes.
O Kenmure's On And Awa.
O Lassie, Art Thou Sleeping Yet.
O Lay Thy Loof In Mine, Lass.
O Leave Novels.
O Luve Will Venture In.
O Mally's Meek, Mally's Sweet.
O May, Thy Morn.
O Philly, Happy Be That Day.
O Poortith Cauld.
O Saw Ye My Dearie.
O Steer Her Up.
O Tell Na Me O' Wind And Rain.
O Were I On Parnassus Hill.
O Wha Is She That Loves Me.
O Whar Did Ye Get
O Whistle, And I'll Come To You.
O Willie Brew'd.
O, For Ane-And-Twenty, Tam!
O, Wat Ye Wha's In Yon Town.
Ode Sacred To The Memory Of Mrs. Oswald, Of Auchencruive.
Of A' The Airts The Wind Can Blaw
Oh, Wert Thou In The Cauld Blast.
On A Celebrated Ruling Elder.
On A Country Laird.
On A Friend.
On A Henpecked Country Squire.
On A Noisy Polemic.
On A Noted Coxcomb.
On A Person Nicknamed The Marquis.
On A Schoolmaster.
On A Scotch Bard, Gone To The West Indies.
On A Suicide.
On A Wag In Mauchline.
On Captain Francis Grose.
On Captain Grose's Peregrinations Through Scotland, Collecting The Antiquities Of That Kingdom.
On Captain Matthew Henderson, A Gentleman Who Held The Patent For His Honours Immediately From Almighty God.
On Cessnock Banks.
On Chloris Being Ill.
On Elphinston's Translations. Of Martial's Epigrams.
On John Bushby.
On John Dove, Innkeeper, Mauchline.
On Miss Jean Scott.
On Miss Jessy Lewars.
On R.A., Esq.
On Reading In A Newspaper The Death Of John M'Leod, Esq. Brother To A Young Lady, A Particular Friend Of The Author's.
On Robert Riddel.
On Scaring Some Water-Fowl In Loch-Turit.
On Seeing A Wounded Hare Limp By Me, Which A Fellow Had Just Shot.
On Seeing Miss Fontenelle In A Favourite Character.
On Seeing The Beautiful Seat Of Lord Galloway.
On Sensibility. To My Dear And Much Honoured Friend, Mrs. Dunlop, Of Dunlop.
On The Author's Father.
On The Birth Of A Posthumous Child.
On The Blank Leaf Of A Work By Hannah More. Presented By Mrs C----.
On The Death Of A Lap-Dog, Named Echo.
On The Death Of Robert Dundas, Esq., Of Arniston, Late Lord President Of The Court Of Session.
On The Death Of Sir James Hunter Blair.
On The Recovery Of Jessy Lewars.
On The Same. (On A Henpecked Country Squire.)
On The Same. (On Seeing The Beautiful Seat Of Lord Galloway.)
On The Seas And Far Away.
On Wat.
On Wee Johnny. Hic Jacet Wee Johnny.
On William Smellie.
Open The Door To Me, Oh!
Our Thrissles Flourished Fresh And Fair.
Out Over The Forth.
Peg Nicholson.
Phillis The Fair.
Poem On Life, Addressed To Colonel De Peyster. Dumfries, 1796.
Poem On Pastoral Poetry.
Poem, Addressed To Mr. Mitchell, Collector Of Excise. Dumfries, 1796.
Poetical Address To Mr. W. Tytler, With The Present Of The Bard's Picture.
Poetical Inscription For An Altar To Independence.
Poor Mailie's Elegy.
Prayer For Adam Armour.
Prologue Spoken By Mr. Woods On His Benefit Night, Monday, 16 April, 1787.
Prologue, Spoken At The Theatre, Dumfries, 1 Jan. 1790.
Rattlin', Roarin' Willie.
Raving Winds Around Her Blowing.
Remorse. - A Fragment.
Robin Shure In Hairst.
Sae Far Awa.
Saw Ye My Phely. (Quasi Dicat Phillis.)
Scotch Drink.
Scots Prologue, For Mr. Sutherland's Benefit Night, Dumfries.
Second Epistle To Davie, - A Brother Poet.
She Says She Loves Me Best Of A'.
She's Fair And Fause.
Simmer's A Pleasant Time.
Sketch. - New Year's Day. To Mrs. Dunlop.
Song Of Death.
Sonnet, On The Death Of Robert Riddel, Esq. Of Glenriddel, April, 1794.
Sonnet, Written On The Twenty-Fifth Of January, 1793, The Birthday Of The Author, On Hearing A Thrush Sing In A Morning Walk.
Spoken, On Being Appointed To The Excise.
Stanzas - On The Same Occasion.
Stay, My Charmer.
Streams That Glide In Orient Plains.
Such A Parcel Of Rogues In A Nation.
Sweet Closes The Evening.
Tam O' Shanter. - A Tale.
Tam Samson's Elegy.[1]
Tam, The Chapman.
The American War. - A Fragment.
The Auld Farmer's - New-Year Morning Salutation To His Auld Mare Maggie, On Giving Her The Accustomed Ripp Of Corn To Hansel In The New Year
The Author's Earnest Cry And Prayer To The Scotch Representatives In The House Of Commons.
The Bairns Gat Out.
The Banks O' Doon. (Second Version.)
The Banks Of Doon. (First Version.)
The Banks Of Nith.
The Banks Of The Devon.
The Battle Of Sheriff-Muir.
The Blude Red Rose At Yule May Blaw.
The Bonnie Wee Thing.
The Book-Worms.
The Braes O' Ballochmyle.
The Brigs Of Ayr, A Poem, Inscribed To J. Ballantyne, Esq., Ayr.
The Calf. - To The Rev. Mr. James Steven.
The Captain's Lady.
The Cardin' O'T.
The Carle Of Kellyburn Braes.
The Carles Of Dysart.
The Chevalier's Lament.
The Cooper O' Cuddie.
The Cotter's Saturday Night. - Inscribed To Robert Aiken, Esq.
The Creed Of Poverty.
The Cure For All Care.
The Day Returns.
The Dean Of Faculty. - A New Ballad.
The Death And Dying Words Of Poor Mailie, The Author's Only Pet Yowe. An Unco Mournfu' Tale.
The Dumfries Volunteers.
The Exciseman.
The Farewell To The Brethren Of St. James's Lodge, Tarbolton.
The Farewell.
The Fete Champetre.
The First Psalm.
The First Six Verses Of The Ninetieth Psalm.
The Five Carlins. A Scots Ballad.
The Gallant Weaver.
The Gloomy Night.
The Gowden Locks Of Anna.
The Henpecked Husband.
The Heron Ballads. (Ballad First.)
The Heron Ballads. (Ballad Second.)
The Heron Ballads. (Ballad Third.)
The Highland Laddie.
The Highland Lassie.
The Highland Welcome.
The Highland Widow's Lament.
The Holy Fair.
The Humble Petition Of Bruar Water To The Noble Duke Of Athole.
The Inventory; - In Answer To A Mandate By The Surveyor Of The Taxes.
The Invitation.
The Jolly Beggars. - A Cantata.
The Joyful Widower.
The Kirk Of Lamington.
The Kirk's Alarm. - A Ballad. (Second Version.)
The Kirk's Alarm;[1] A Satire. (First Version.)
The Laddies By The Banks O' Nith.
The Lass Of Ballochmyle.
The Lass Of Ecclefechan.
The Lazy Mist.
The League And Covenant.
The Lovely Lass Of Inverness.
The Lover's Morning Salute To His Mistress.
The Mauchline Lady.
The Ordination.
The Parson's Looks.
The Ploughman.
The Poor And Honest Sodger.
The Rantin' Dog, The Daddie O'T.
The Red, Red Rose.
The Reply. (The Reproof.)
The Reproof.
The Rights Of Woman. An Occasional Address Spoken By Miss Fontenelle On Her Benefit Night, Nov. 26, 1792.
The Rigs O' Barley.
The Selkirk Grace.
The Smiling Spring.
The Sons Of Old Killie.
The Tailor.
The Tither Moon.
The Toad-Eater.
The Toast.
The True Loyal Natives.
The Twa Dogs. - A Tale.
The Twa Herds: Or, The Holy Tulzie.
The Vision.
The Vowels. - A Tale.
The Weary Pund O' Tow.
The Whistle.
The Winsome Wee Thing.
The Young Highland Rover.
Theniel Menzies' Bonnie Mary.
There Was A Bonnie Lass.
There Was A Lass.
There'll Never Be Peace.
There's A Youth In This City.
There's Naethin Like The Honest Nappy!
There's Nought But Care.
Thickest Night, O'Erhang My Dwelling.
This Is No My Ain Lassie.
Thou Hast Left Me Ever.
Though Fickle Fortune Has Deceived Me,
Tibbie Dunbar.
Tibbie, I Hae Seen The Day.
To A Gentleman Who Had Sent Him A Newspaper, And Offered To Continue It Free Of Expense.
To A Haggis
To A Lady, With A Present Of A Pair Of Drinking-Glasses.
To A Louse, On Seeing One In A Lady's Bonnet, At Church
To A Mountain Daisy, On Turning One Down With The Plough In April, 1786.
To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough, November, 1785.
To Captain Riddel, Of Glenriddel. Extempore Lines On Returning A Newspaper.
To Chloris.
To Clarinda.
To Dr. Blacklock, In Answer To A Letter.
To Dr. Maxwell, On Jessie Staig's Recovery.
To Gavin Hamilton, Esq., Mauchline. (Recommending A Boy.)
To General Dumourier. Parody On Robin Adair.
To J. Lapraik. (Second Epistle.)
To J. Lapraik. (Third Epistle.)
To J. Lapraik. - An Old Scottish Bard. (First Epistle.)
To J. Rankine.
To James Smith.
To John Goudie Of Kilmarnock. - On The Publication Of His Essays
To John Kennedy.
To John M'Murdo, Esq.
To John Maxwell Of Terraughty, On His Birthday.
To John Taylor.
To Mary Campbell.
To Mary In Heaven.
To Mary.
To Miss Cruikshank, A Very Young Lady. Written On The Blank Leaf Of A Book, Presented To Her By The Author.
To Miss Jessy Lewars, Dumfries. With Johnson'S 'Musical Museum.'
To Miss Logan, With Beattie's Poems For A New Year'S Gift. Jan. 1, 1787.
To Mr. M'Adam, Of Craigen-Gillan.
To Mr. Syme.
To Mr. Syme. With A Present Of A Dozen Of Porter.
To Mrs. Scott, Of Wauchope.
To Robert Graham, Esq., Of Fintray.
To Robert Graham, Esq., Of Fintray. On Receiving A Favour.
To Ruin.
To The Men And Brethren Of The Masonic Lodge At Tarbolton.
To The Rev. John M'Math.
To The Same, On The Author Being Threatened With His Resentment. (On Seeing The Beautiful Seat Of Lord Galloway.)
To Thee, Loved Nith.
To William Simpson, Ochiltree.
Up In The Morning Early
Verses - Written Under The Portrait Of Fergusson, The Poet, In A Copy Of That Author's Works Presented To A Young Lady.
Verses To A Young Lady.
Verses To John Rankine.
Verses Written On A Window Of The Inn At Carron.
Wae Is My Heart.
Wandering Willie. (First Version.)
Wandering Willie. (Last Version.)
Weary Fa' You, Duncan Gray.
Wha Is That At My Bower-Door.
Whan I Sleep I Dream.
Whare Hae Ye Been.
What Can A Young Lassie.
When I Think On The Happy Days.
When Januar' Wind.
When Rosy May.
Willie Chalmers.
Willie Wastle.
Wilt Thou Be My Dearie.
Winter. A Dirge.
Written At Inverary.
Written In A Lady's Pocket-Book.
Written In A Wrapper, Enclosing A Letter To Captain Grose.
Written In Friars-Carse Hermitage, On Nithside. December, 1788.
Written In Friars-Carse Hermitage, On The Banks Of Nith. June. 1788. (First Copy.)
Written On A Pane Of Glass, In The Inn At Moffat.
Written On The Blank Leaf Of A Copy Of My Poems, Presented To An Old Sweetheart, Then Married.
Written With A Pencil, Over The Chimney-Piece, In The Parlour Of The Inn At Kenmore, Taymouth.
Written With A Pencil, Standing By The Fall Of Fyers, Near Loch-Ness
Ye Jacobites By Name.
Yon Wild Mossy Mountains.
Young Jamie, Pride Of A' The Plain.
Young Jockey.
Young Peggy.