To a Louse

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.

Enjoy  the original with translation and recitation and a then, in a second video, this charming young girl reciting in a school competition.

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!
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