Tuesday, January 25, 2011

auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld Langsyne,
We'll tak a cup o kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

today is the 252th anniversary of the birth of scotland's favorite son, the poet robert burns.

burns is universally associated with the song auld lang syne, which some consider the most sung song in the world. the overwhelming belief is that robert burns wrote auld lang syne, this is partly true. according to the robert burns world federation, rabbie was enamored with an old scottish ballad that survived to his day in fragments. burns restored the song and filled it out - there is little doubt that burns is the author of at least two verses, but other verses and the famous chorus are believed to have been written well before the middle of the 16th century.

to read the burns original and a standard english translation click auld lang syne.

so take a cup of kindness today - celebrate burns and friendship - let us toast new and old friends - for auld lang syne!

back by popular demand, my favorite rabbie poem:

photo: detail of mural at sullivan's irish pub, lakewood. january 2011


California Girl said...

I'm such a regular now I recall your doing this last year.

My husband is actually feeding 3 little mice who live in our basement. He was trying to capture them & release in the field across the street but they kept coming back. Yes, the same three. They are smarter than people think.

We used to raise mice--save them from the pet store. Anyway, do you know they LOVE peanut butter?

Tom said...

i remember this too...especially not understanding a word of it. No fear, i've read it. Cute little bugger, that wee mousey

Betsy Brock said...

Oh how fun! Yes, raise a glass indeed! :)

Roy said...

Yup, the 15-year-old Laphraoig comes out tonight for w wee dram in Rabbie's honor.

Watson said...

Love the picture! Don't forget the haggis!

Alan Burnett said...

Cheers Kimy. Those look a bit like glasses of Guinness they are drinking : or maybe very tall, very dark single malts.