Happy Birthday Rabbie

Robert Burns by Phil Burns

Robert Burns by Phil Burns

AnElephantCant write poetry like Rabbie
But then of course nobody can
It is almost a crime
To pen this silly rhyme
As a tribute to an exceptional man

January 25th is the birthday of Scotland’s National Bard, the much-loved Robert Burns.
So today AnElephant pays tribute with some words from Oor Rabbie, who believed that all men were created equal:

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.

bear the gree = come to the fore

But he was also a romantic:

Ye banks and braes o’ bonnie Doon
How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair?
How can ye chaunt, ye little birds,
And I sae weary, fu’ o’ care.
Ye’ll break my heart, ye warbling birds
That wanton through the flowery thorn,
Ye mind me o’ departed joys,
Departed, never to return.

and even in English:

But pleasures are like poppies spread,
You seize the flower, its bloom is shed;
Or like the snow falls in the river,
A moment white–then melts for ever;

Thanks, Rabbie, and Happy Birthday, wherever you are.

About AnElephantCant

An artist/writer/poet combination whose blogs reflect an approach to life that celebrates nature and takes a tongue-in-cheek view of most issues. So you get rhymes and doodles, photographs and comment. Irreverent and irrelevant. Occasionally funny, sometimes serious, mostly pointless. https://anelephantcant.me/
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4 Responses to Happy Birthday Rabbie

  1. Bastet says:

    Wonderful tribute to the great bard…lovely post! 🙂

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  2. Al says:

    A great tribute to a brilliant man.

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  3. Oh, I did enjoy that! Thank you! 🙂

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  4. Yes sweet Rabbie could write
    Scotland’s beauty his sight
    In words of Gaelic prose
    Of love and a red red rose

    But he couldn’t write like you
    An elephant has his talents too
    and your words also bring delight
    Have a great Burn’s Night

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