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Reflections of a Burns ghost; AGENDA.

Byline: Robbie Burns

From Robbie Burns...

Some lassies there be who are cow'ran and timorous And others, by contrast, more witty and humorous.

Morag from Moray was more like the latter; Anne from Arbuthnott was older and fatter.

As for the lassie from Ecclefechan, She has left no strong Impression.

There's no a Maggie, Peg or Jean From John o' Groats tae Aberdeen. I have nae courted, lost or won, And then composed a song thereon. (I fear the lass from Benderloch May In fact have been a bloke.) I woo In April, bed In May, By early June I'm well away. Write In August, print September. Left longer and I can't remember. Some I've loved In other seasons, But cannae name for legal reasons.

Two centuries and a half have passed Since on this earth I breathed my last; My brief encounters wf Scotland's daughters Are now the stuff of college courses.

They study the rhymes, full stops and commas- First degree Burns, It's called, with Honours.

Alas, my sands have all gang dry, And In the churchyard here I He. I leave It to another generation To sow wild oats across the nation. And I, who once did lift the cup, Am now content to push daisies up.

But where'er a Scot (or twa or three) Will gather, they still remember me, And the English, when the new year chimes, Will mispronounce my Auld Lang Synes.

And curiously they'll raise a dram In memory of an excise man.

Dr Chris Upton is enjoying his haggis at Newman University College in Birmingham.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 28, 2009
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