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Irina Tsoma
29.02.2012, 22:38

Robert Burns
(25.01.1759-21.08.1796)



Timelines of Scotland's Favourite Son:

1759 – Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns was born in Alloway, Ayrshire on January 25, in the ‘auld cley biggin’ that is now known as Burns Cottage. He was the eldest of the seven children of William Burnes and Agnes Broun. The day of his birth is celebrated today throughout the world as Burns Night, with Burns Suppers, poems and songs.

1774 – Writes his first song, "O once I lov’d”

1781 – Moves to Irvine, North Ayrshire, to learn flax-dressing
1781 – Becomes a freemason
1784 – Robert’s father William dies

1785 – Meets Jean Armour.

1786 – The first edition of Burns’ poetry, Poems, chiefly in the Scottish dialect, known as the Kilmarnock edition, was published. It sells out within a month.

1786 – Abandons plans to emigrate to Jamaica to work as a bookkeeper on a slave plantation. Instead, travels to Edinburgh to look into publishing a second edition of his poems

1787 – Second edition of poems is published in Edinburgh.

1788 – Marries Jean Armour

1788 – Burns writes "Auld Lang Syne”
1789 – Begins work as an excise officer

1791 – Moves to Dumfries

1796 – Dies in Dumfries on July 21st at the age of 37

1796 - Robert’s youngest son, Maxwell Burns, is born to Jean on the day of the poet’s funeral.



Hitsby Robert Burns

My Heart's In The Highlands

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer -
A-chasing the wild deer, and following the roe;
My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birth place of Valour, the country of Worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.

Farewell to the mountains high cover'd with snow;
Farewell to the straths and green valleys below;
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods;
Farwell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer
Chasing the wild deer, and following the roe;
My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.


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 dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !
and surely I’ll buy mine !
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since
 auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have paddled in the stream,
from
 morning sun till dine ;
But seas between us broad have roared
since
 auld lang syne.

CHORUS

And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give us a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

A Red, Red Rose

O, my love is like a red, red rose,
That is newly sprung in June.
O, my love is like the melody,
That is sweetly played in tune.


As fair are you, my lovely lass,
So deep in love am I,
And I will love you still, my Dear,
Till all the seas go dry.


Till all the seas go dry, my Dear,
And the rocks melt with the sun!
O I will love you still, my Dear,
While the sands of life shall run.

And fare you well, my only Love,
And fare you well a while!
And I will come again, my Love,
Although it were ten thousand mile!


And many, many others... Read, learn and enjoy!

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