Happy Burns Day! Do you have a favourite poem by Robert Burns? Here is mine. To a Louse (1786)
It reminds of boring moments at church when some distraction would suddenly take me into a stream of conscious meditation. My sister would elbow me in the side so that I would break off to participate in the service.
|Burns original||Standard English translation|
|O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
An’ foolish notion:
What airs in dress an’ gait wad lea’e us,
An’ ev’n devotion!
|And would some Power the small gift give us
To see ourselves as others see us!
It would from many a blunder free us,
And foolish notion:
What airs in dress and gait would leave us,
And even devotion!