Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Robert Burns, In His Own Words, On The Poet's 252nd Birthday

"What signifies the life o' man an' 'twere na for the lasses, O?"


''O, had she been a country maid and I the happy country swain''Leezie Lindsay (fragment, 1795)
Will ye go to the Hielands, Leezie Lindsay,
Will ye go to the Hielands wi' me?
Will ye go to the Hielands, Leezie Lindsay,
My pride and my darling to be.

''O, gie me the lass that has acres o' charms''To The Beautiful Miss Eliza J-N, On her Principles of Liberty and Equality (1794)
How, Liberty! girl, can it be by thee nam'd?
Equality too! hussey, art not asham'd?
Free and Equal indeed,
While mankind thou enchainest,
And over their hearts a proud Despot so reignest.

''Gi'e me a spark o' Nature's fire that's a' the learning I desire.'' Beware O' Bonie Ann (1789)
Ye gallants bright, I rede you right,
Beware o' bonie Ann;
Her comely face sae fu' o' grace,
Your heart she will trepan:
Her een sae bright, like stars by night,
Her skin sae like the swan;
Sae jimply lac'd her genty waist,
That sweetly ye might span.
Youth, Grace, and Love attendant move,
And pleasure leads the van:
In a' their charms, and conquering arms
They wait on bonie Ann.
The captive bands may chain the hands,
But love enslaves the man:
Ye gallants braw, I rede you a',
Beware o' bonie Ann(e)! ''And fare thee weel, my only Luve! And fare thee weel a while!''

(This presentation includes photographs of Lindsay Wagner, Eliza Dushku, Anne Francis†, and Anne Hathaway.)

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