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BURNS’ NIGHT

January 25, 2010

Robert Burns was a famous Scottish poet. Today is his birthday. Scottish people meet tonight to address and eat haggis and recite burns’ poems. Listen to this podcast about Robert Burns’ night.

Now watch this video to get a better idea.

THIS IS THE ADDRESS TO A HAGGIS. Click here for translation

Address To A Haggis

Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o’ a grace
As lang’s my arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o’ need,
While thro’ your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.

His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An’ cut you up wi’ ready sleight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like ony ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin, rich!

Then, horn for horn,
they stretch an’ strive:
Deil tak the hindmost! on they drive,
Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve,
Are bent lyke drums;
Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
“Bethankit!” ‘hums.

Is there that owre his French ragout
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad mak her spew
Wi’ perfect sconner,
Looks down wi’ sneering, scornfu’ view
On sic a dinner?

Poor devil! see him ower his trash,
As feckless as a wither’d rash,
His spindle shank, a guid whip-lash,
His nieve a nit;
Thro’ bloody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!

But mark the Rustic, haggis fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread.
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He’ll mak it whissle;
An’ legs an’ arms, an’ heads will sned,
Like taps o’ thrissle.

Ye Pow’rs wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o’ fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu’ prayer,
Gie her a haggis!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. carolmedel permalink
    January 25, 2010 11:50 pm

    Hi everyone! I remember that, when I went to Edimburgh two years ago, I hadn´t listened anything about Haggis and when I was there I tried to taste it but when I asked about its ingredients I wasn´t able to taste it, so I decided to taste the vegetarian option and it was delicious!

  2. menkhent permalink
    January 26, 2010 8:56 pm

    Hello!!I was also in Edimburgh for one month last year. I love Scotland and I find the Burn’s night a great idea!!We should do the same in Spain because we also have wonderful poets! We could recite Antonio Machado’s poems while we eat a delicous spanish “tapa” =)

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