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Robert Burns

Birthdate: 25. January 1759
Date of death: 21. July 1796
Other names: Роберт Бернс, রবার্ট বার্ণস

Robert Burns , also known familiarly as Rabbie Burns, the National Bard, Bard of Ayrshire and the Ploughman Poet and various other names and epithets, was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these writings his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest.

He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish diaspora around the world. Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV.

As well as making original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. His poem "Auld Lang Syne" is often sung at Hogmanay , and "Scots Wha Hae" served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country. Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well known across the world today include "A Red, Red Rose", "A Man's a Man for A' That", "To a Louse", "To a Mouse", "The Battle of Sherramuir", "Tam o' Shanter" and "Ae Fond Kiss".

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To a Mouse
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To a Louse
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Scots Wha Hae
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Highland Mary
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Handsome Nell
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Mary Morison
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John Barleycorn
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Here's A Health
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Sweet Afton
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„But to see her was to love her,
Love but her, and love forever.“

—  Robert Burns

Bonny Lesley.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)
Variant: To see her is to love her,
And love but her forever;
For Nature made her what she is,
And never made anither!

„The best laid schemes o' mice and men
Gang aft a-gley“

—  Robert Burns

To a Mouse, st. 7 (1785)
Source: Collected Poems of Robert Burns
Context: The best laid schemes o' mice and men
Gang aft a-gley;
And leave us naught but grief and pain
For promised joy.

„There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.“

—  Robert Burns

Reported as attributed to Burns but unverified in Suzy Platt (ed.), Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations Requested from the Congressional Research Service (Washington, DC : Library of Congress 1989) http://www.bartleby.com/73/172.html
Disputed
Source: Collected Poems of Robert Burns

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„Had we never lov'd sae kindly,
Had we never lov'd sae blindly,
Never met -- or never parted --
we had ne'er been broken-hearted“

—  Robert Burns, Ae fond kiss, and then we sever...

Ae Fond Kiss, And Then We Sever, st. 2
Johnson's The Scots Musical Museum (1787-1796)
Source: Collected Poems of Robert Burns
Context: But to see her was to love her;
Love but her, and love for ever.
Had we never lov'd sae kindly,
Had we never lov'd sae blindly,
Never met—or never parted,
We had ne'er been broken-hearted.

„Some books are lies frae end to end,
And some great lies were never penn'd…“

—  Robert Burns

Death and Dr. Hornbook, st. 1 (1787)
Variant: Some books are lies frae end to end.

„Oh would some power the giftie gie us, To see ourselves as others see us.“

—  Robert Burns, To a Louse

To a Louse, st. 8 (1786) http://www.poetry-online.org/burns_to_a_louse.htm
Variant: O, wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us
Source: The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Burns
Context: O, wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
An' foolish notion.
What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us
An' ev'n Devotion

„Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!“

—  Robert Burns, To a Mouse

To a Mouse, st. 1 (1785)
Context: Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickering brattle!

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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