2009: The Year of the Scots

Today is Burns Night in Scotland, a time for feasting on haggis, celebrating all that is wonderful and Scottish, and most of all, honouring the great Scot that brought us songs such as this, composed in 1794:

My Luve is like a Red Red Rose

O my Luve’s like a red , red rose,
That’s newly sprung in June:
O my Luve’s like the melodie,
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry .

Till a’ the seas gang dry , my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare-thee-weel, my only Luve !
And fare-thee-weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ ’twere ten thousand mile!

Savour each word, absorb each verse, and revel in the beautiful wordsmithery that has become a feature of Scotland’s rich heritage, thanks to Rabbie Burns.

In fact, it is so lovely that you need not worry about the music – it works equally well as poetry.

And as 2009 is now officially the year for celebrating Scottish heritage, thanks to the Homecoming Scotland 2009 initiative, every day can be a joyful melee of culinary, literature, musical, and scientific glee.

Something worthy to celebrate, at last.

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This entry was posted on January 25, 2009 by in Culture, Europe, Frivolities & Miscellaeny and tagged , .
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