Thursday, 25 January 2024 20:02

Happy birthday Robert Burns!

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Happy birthday Robert Burns!

Here's tae the man's life -
its drivin root, its rise, its faur reach –
and tae the great hairst he gather'd in!

Here's tae the wark -
the high skill, the luve, the daurk hours -
that he pit in!

Here's tae the words that he gar'd flow -
a muckle stream -
frae his hert's ferment and his mind's still!

Here's tae the faur-travellin o' that stream!
Here's tae its carried gowd!
Here's tae the lang and future legacy
ane sma' life endow'd!

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David Betteridge

David Betteridge is the author of a collection of poems celebrating Glasgow and its radical traditions, 'Granny Albyn's Complaint', published by Smokestack Books in 2008. He is also the editor of a compilation of poems, songs, prose memoirs, photographs and cartoons celebrating the 1971-2 UCS work-in on Clydeside. This book, called 'A Rose Loupt Oot', was published by Smokestack Books in 2011.