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Happy Burns Night!

Posted by Waspie_Dwarf , in General waffle 25 January 2007 · 131 views

A Happy Burns Night to everyone.

Family tradition has it that I am a direct descendant of the great poet and so I shall be off to the pub in a little while. I shall meet one of my oldest and closest friends and we shall have a few drinks (including a drop of Scotch of course). We will also have some haggis, neeps and tatties which are always laid on in the Robin Hood and Little John on Burns Night.

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!


Robert Burns





And a Happy Burns Night to you as well, sir.......I hope you have a wonderful time!!
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bLu3 de 3n3rgy
Jan 25 2007 07:18 PM
Are you putting a kilt on grin2.gif Have a good night! I didn't have any haggis for dinner because my tummy isn't up for it at the moment disgust.gif

My 2 fav Burns poems

To a mouse

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!
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee
Wi' murd'ring pattle!

and

Tam O'Shanter


When chapman billies leave the street,
And drouthy neebors neebors meet,
As market-days are wearing late,
And folk begin to tak the gate;
While we sit bousin, at the nappy,
And gettin fou and unco happy,
We think na on the lang Scots miles,
The mosses, waters, slaps, and stiles,
That lie between us and our hame,
Whare sits our sulky, sullen dame,
Gathering her brows like gathering storm,
Nursing her wrath to keep it warm.
This truth fand honest Tam o' Shanter,
As he frae Ayr ae night did canter:
(Auld Ayr, wham ne'er a town surpasses,
For honest men and bonie lasses.)




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Waspie_Dwarf
Jan 26 2007 12:59 AM
Well that's Burns night over and done with. Three pints of Brakspear's, one pint of Isle of Arran Ale (it would have been rude not to have had at least one pint of Scottish beer on Burns night) and a Dram of Scotch.

The haggis tatties and neeps were up to their usual standard.

I really must get a kilt one day (clan Campbell). On second thought's I don't think I have the legs for it.

A pleasant night in the Robin Hood and Little John where, fuelled by alcohol, my friend Mike (Little Odo on this board, drop into his Blog sometime) and I put the world to rights.

I'm sure politicians would do a much better job of running the world if only they would make all the important decisions after a few pints in the pub. Sure they might get into the occasional fight but at the end of it they would all leave together saying (in slurred voices), "I love you mate, I really do." Then the would be off to the local curry house or kebab shop together and all would be harmony.
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