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Robert Burns

1759 - 1796

Robert Burns, also known as Bard of Ayrshire, was a Scottish poet and lyricist who is widely regarded as Scotland’s national poet and is still celebrated worldwide. One of his works’ distinctive characteristics is that some of his texts are written in Scottish, others in English or even in a light Scottish dialect.
Burns is thought to be the pioneer of the Romantic movement. His ideas were a source of inspiration for both liberalism and socialism.


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.

So fair art thou, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And... [+]


To a Mouse

On Turning up in Her Nest with the Plough, November, 1785

Little, artful, cowering, timid beast,
Oh, what a panic is in your heart!
You need not start away so hasty
With bickering prattle!
I... [+]


To a Mountain Daisy

On Turning One Down with the Plow, in April, 1786

Wee, modest, crimson-tipped flow'r,
Thou's met me in an evil hour;
For I maun crush amang the stoure
Thy slender stem:
To spare thee now is... [+]