Poems and Songs of Robert Burns
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Poems and Songs of Robert Burns

By Robert Burns
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There was a lad - The cotter's saturday night - Scots, wha hae - Address to a haggis - Is there for honest poverty - Tam o'Shanter - Mary Morison - To a mountain daisy - To a mouse - To a louse - Epistle to a young friend - Holy Willie's prayer - Address to the Unco Guid - Of a' the airts - A red, red rose - Sweet afton - Ae fond kiss - The banks of Doon - O, wert thou in the cauld blast - Auld lang syne.

Table of Contents
  • POEMS AND SONGS OF ROBERT BURNS
  • Preface
  • 1771 - 1779
  • Song—Handsome Nell^1
  • Song—O Tibbie, I Hae Seen The Day
  • Song—I Dream'd I Lay
  • Song—In The Character Of A Ruined Farmer
  • Tragic Fragment
  • Tarbolton Lasses, The
  • Montgomerie's Peggy
  • Ploughman's Life, The
  • 1780
  • Ronalds Of The Bennals, The
  • Song—Here's To Thy Health
  • Lass Of Cessnock Banks, The^1
  • Song—Bonie Peggy Alison
  • Song—Mary Morison
  • 1781
  • Winter: A Dirge
  • Prayer, Under The Pressure Of Violent Anguish
  • Paraphrase Of The First Psalm
  • First Six Verses Of The Ninetieth Psalm Versified, The
  • Prayer, In The Prospect Of Death
  • Stanzas, On The Same Occasion
  • 1782
  • Fickle Fortune: A Fragment
  • Raging Fortune—Fragment Of Song
  • Impromptu—"I'll Go And Be A Sodger"
  • Song—"No Churchman Am I"
  • A Stanza Added In A Mason Lodge
  • My Father Was A Farmer
  • John Barleycorn: A Ballad
  • 1783
  • Death And Dying Words Of Poor Mailie, The Author's Only Pet Yowe., The
    • An Unco Mournfu' Tale
  • Poor Mailie's Elegy
  • Song—The Rigs O' Barley
  • Song Composed In August
  • Song
  • Song—Green Grow The Rashes
  • Song—Wha Is That At My Bower-Door
  • 1784
  • Remorse: A Fragment
  • Epitaph On Wm. Hood, Senr., In Tarbolton
  • Epitaph On James Grieve, Laird Of Boghead, Tarbolton
  • Epitaph On My Own Friend And My Father's Friend, Wm. Muir In Tarbolton Mill
  • Epitaph On My Ever Honoured Father
  • Ballad On The American War
  • Reply To An Announcement By J. Rankine On His Writing To The Poet,
  • Epistle To John Rankine
  • A Poet's Welcome To His Love-Begotten Daughter^1
  • Song—O Leave Novels^1
  • Fragment—The Mauchline Lady
  • Fragment—My Girl She's Airy
  • The Belles Of Mauchline
  • Epitaph On A Noisy Polemic
  • Epitaph On A Henpecked Country Squire
  • Epigram On The Said Occasion
  • Another
  • On Tam The Chapman
  • Epitaph On John Rankine
  • Lines On The Author's Death
  • Man Was Made To Mourn: A Dirge
  • The Twa Herds; Or, The Holy Tulyie
  • 1785
  • Epistle To Davie, A Brother Poet
  • Holy Willie's Prayer
  • Epitaph On Holy Willie
  • Death and Doctor Hornbook
  • Epistle To J. Lapraik, An Old Scottish Bard
  • Second Epistle To J. Lapraik
  • Epistle To William Simson
  • Postcript
  • One Night As I Did Wander
  • Tho' Cruel Fate Should Bid Us Part
  • Song—Rantin', Rovin' Robin^1
  • Elegy On The Death Of Robert Ruisseaux^1
  • Epistle To John Goldie, In Kilmarnock
  • The Holy Fair^1
  • Third Epistle To J. Lapraik
  • Epistle To The Rev. John M'math
  • Second Epistle to Davie
  • Song—Young Peggy Blooms
  • Song—Farewell To Ballochmyle
  • Fragment—Her Flowing Locks
  • Halloween^1
  • To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough, November, 1785
  • Epitaph On John Dove, Innkeeper
  • Epitaph For James Smith
  • Adam Armour's Prayer
  • The Jolly Beggars: A Cantata^1
  • Song—For A' That^1
  • Song—Merry Hae I Been Teethin A Heckle
  • The Cotter's Saturday Night
  • Address To The Deil
  • Scotch Drink
  • 1786
  • The Auld Farmer's New-Year-Morning Salutation To His Auld Mare, Maggie
  • The Twa Dogs^1
  • The Author's Earnest Cry And Prayer
  • The Ordination
  • Epistle To James Smith
  • The Vision
  • Suppressed Stanza's Of "The Vision"
  • Address To The Unco Guid, Or The Rigidly Righteous
  • The Inventory^1
  • To John Kennedy, Dumfries House
  • To Mr. M'Adam, Of Craigen-Gillan
  • To A Louse, On Seeing One On A Lady's Bonnet, At Church
  • Inscribed On A Work Of Hannah More's
  • Song, Composed In Spring
  • To A Mountain Daisy,
  • To Ruin
  • The Lament
  • Despondency: An Ode
  • To Gavin Hamilton, Esq., Mauchline,
  • Versified Reply To An Invitation
  • Song—Will Ye Go To The Indies, My Mary?
  • Song—My Highland Lassie, O
  • Epistle To A Young Friend
  • Address Of Beelzebub
  • A Dream
  • A Dedication
  • Versified Note To Dr. Mackenzie, Mauchline
  • The Farewell To the Brethren of St. James' Lodge, Tarbolton.
  • On A Scotch Bard, Gone To The West Indies
  • Song—Farewell To Eliza
  • A Bard's Epitaph
  • Epitaph On "Wee Johnie"
  • The Lass O' Ballochmyle
  • Lines To An Old Sweetheart
  • Motto Prefixed To The Author's First Publication
  • Lines To Mr. John Kennedy
  • Lines Written On A Banknote
  • Stanzas On Naething
  • The Farewell
  • Thomson's Edward and Eleanora.
  • The Calf
  • Nature's Law—A Poem
  • Song—Willie Chalmers
  • Reply To A Trimming Epistle Received From A Tailor
  • The Brigs Of Ayr
  • Fragment Of Song
  • Epigram On Rough Roads
  • Prayer—O Thou Dread Power
  • Farewell Song To The Banks Of Ayr
  • Address To The Toothache
  • Lines On Meeting With Lord Daer^1
  • Masonic Song
  • Tam Samson's Elegy
  • The Epitaph
  • Per Contra
  • Epistle To Major Logan
  • Fragment On Sensibility
  • A Winter Night
  • Song—Yon Wild Mossy Mountains
  • Address To Edinburgh
  • Address To A Haggis
  • 1787
  • To Miss Logan, With Beattie's Poems, For A New-Year's Gift, Jan. 1, 1787.
  • Mr. William Smellie—A Sketch
  • Song—Bonie Dundee
  • Extempore In The Court Of Session
  • Inscription For The Headstone Of Fergusson The Poet^1
  • Epistle To Mrs. Scott
  • Verses Intended To Be Written Below A Noble Earl's Picture^1
  • Prologue
  • The Bonie Moor-Hen
  • Song—My Lord A-Hunting
  • Epigram At Roslin Inn
  • Epigram Addressed To An Artist
  • The Book-Worms
  • On Elphinstone's Translation Of Martial's Epigrams
  • Song—A Bottle And Friend
  • Epitaph For William Nicol, Of The High School, Edinburgh
  • Epitaph For Mr. William Michie
  • Address To Wm. Tytler, Esq., Of Woodhouselee
  • Epigram To Miss Ainslie In Church
  • Burlesque Lament For The Absence Of William Creech, Publisher
  • Note To Mr. Renton Of Lamerton
  • Elegy On "Stella"
  • The Bard At Inverary
  • Epigram To Miss Jean Scott
  • On The Death Of John M'Leod, Esq,
    • Brother to a young Lady, a particular friend of the Author's.
  • Elegy On The Death Of Sir James Hunter Blair
  • Impromptu On Carron Iron Works
  • To Miss Ferrier
  • Written By Somebody On The Window
    • Of an Inn at Stirling, on seeing the Royal Palace in ruin.
  • The Poet's Reply To The Threat Of A Censorious Critic
  • The Libeller's Self-Reproof^1
  • Verses Written With A Pencil
    • Over the Chimney—piece in the Parlour of the Inn at Kenmore, Taymouth.
  • Song—The Birks Of Aberfeldy
  • The Humble Petition Of Bruar Water
  • Lines On The Fall Of Fyers Near Loch-Ness.
  • Epigram On Parting With A Kind Host In The Highlands
  • Strathallan's Lament^1
  • Castle Gordon
  • Song—Lady Onlie, Honest Lucky
  • Theniel Menzies' Bonie Mary
  • The Bonie Lass Of Albany^1
  • On Scaring Some Water-Fowl In Loch-Turit
  • Blythe Was She^1
  • A Rose-Bud By My Early Walk
  • Epitaph For Mr. W. Cruikshank^1
  • Song—The Banks Of The Devon
  • Braving Angry Winter's Storms
  • Song—My Peggy's Charms
  • The Young Highland Rover
  • Birthday Ode For 31st December, 1787^1
  • On The Death Of Robert Dundas, Esq., Of Arniston,
  • Sylvander To Clarinda^1
  • 1788
  • Love In The Guise Of Friendship
  • Go On, Sweet Bird, And Sooth My Care
  • Clarinda, Mistress Of My Soul
  • I'm O'er Young To Marry Yet
  • To The Weavers Gin Ye Go
  • M'Pherson's Farewell
  • Stay My Charmer
  • Song—My Hoggie
  • Raving Winds Around Her Blowing
  • Up In The Morning Early
  • Hey, The Dusty Miller
  • Duncan Davison
  • The Lad They Ca'Jumpin John
  • Talk Of Him That's Far Awa
  • To Daunton Me
  • The Winter It Is Past
  • The Bonie Lad That's Far Awa
  • Verses To Clarinda
  • The Chevalier's Lament
  • Epistle To Hugh Parker
  • Of A' The Airts The Wind Can Blaw^1
  • Song—I Hae a Wife O' My Ain
  • Lines Written In Friars'-Carse Hermitage
  • To Alex. Cunningham, ESQ., Writer
  • Song.—Anna, Thy Charms
  • The Fete Champetre
  • Epistle To Robert Graham, Esq., Of Fintry
  • Song.—The Day Returns
  • Song.—O, Were I On Parnassus Hill
  • A Mother's Lament
  • The Fall Of The Leaf
  • I Reign In Jeanie's Bosom
  • Auld Lang Syne
  • My Bonie Mary
  • The Parting Kiss
  • Written In Friar's-Carse Hermitage
  • The Poet's Progress
  • Elegy On The Year 1788
  • The Henpecked Husband
  • Versicles On Sign-Posts
  • 1789
  • Robin Shure In Hairst
  • Ode, Sacred To The Memory Of Mrs. Oswald Of Auchencruive
  • Pegasus At Wanlockhead
  • Sappho Redivivus—A Fragment
  • Song—She's Fair And Fause
  • Impromptu Lines To Captain Riddell
  • Lines To John M'Murdo, Esq. Of Drumlanrig
  • Rhyming Reply To A Note From Captain Riddell
  • Caledonia—A Ballad
  • To Miss Cruickshank
  • Beware O' Bonie Ann
  • Ode On The Departed Regency Bill
  • Epistle To James Tennant Of Glenconner
  • A New Psalm For The Chapel Of Kilmarnock
    • On the Thanksgiving-Day for His Majesty's Recovery.
  • Sketch In Verse
  • The Wounded Hare
  • Delia, An Ode
  • The Gard'ner Wi' His Paidle
  • On A Bank Of Flowers
  • Young Jockie Was The Blythest Lad
  • The Banks Of Nith
  • Jamie, Come Try Me
  • I Love My Love In Secret
  • Sweet Tibbie Dunbar
  • The Captain's Lady
  • John Anderson, My Jo
  • My Love, She's But A Lassie Yet
  • Song—Tam Glen
  • Carle, An The King Come
  • The Laddie's Dear Sel'
  • Whistle O'er The Lave O't
  • My Eppie Adair
  • On The Late Captain Grose's Peregrinations Thro' Scotland
  • Epigram On Francis Grose The Antiquary
  • The Kirk Of Scotland's Alarm
  • Presentation Stanzas To Correspondents
  • Sonnet On Receiving A Favour
  • Extemporaneous Effusion
  • Song—Willie Brew'd A Peck O' Maut^1
  • Ca' The Yowes To The Knowes
  • I Gaed A Waefu' Gate Yestreen
  • Highland Harry Back Again
  • The Battle Of Sherramuir
  • The Braes O' Killiecrankie
  • Awa' Whigs, Awa'
  • A Waukrife Minnie
  • The Captive Ribband
  • My Heart's In The Highlands
  • The Whistle—A Ballad
  • To Mary In Heaven
  • Epistle To Dr. Blacklock
  • The Five Carlins
  • Election Ballad For Westerha'
  • Prologue Spoken At The Theatre Of Dumfries
  • 1790
  • Sketch—New Year's Day, 1790
  • Scots' Prologue For Mr. Sutherland
  • Lines To A Gentleman,
  • Elegy On Willie Nicol's Mare
  • The Gowden Locks Of Anna
  • Postscript
  • Song—I Murder Hate
  • Gudewife, Count The Lawin
  • Election Ballad
  • Elegy On Captain Matthew Henderson
  • The Epitaph
  • Verses On Captain Grose
  • Tam O' Shanter
  • On The Birth Of A Posthumous Child
  • Elegy On The Late Miss Burnet Of Monboddo
  • 1791
  • Lament Of Mary, Queen Of Scots, On The Approach Of Spring
  • There'll Never Be Peace Till Jamie Comes Hame
  • Song—Out Over The Forth
  • The Banks O' Doon—First Version
  • The Banks O' Doon—Second Version
  • The Banks O' Doon—Third Version
  • Lament For James, Earl Of Glencairn
  • Lines Sent To Sir John Whiteford, Bart
  • Craigieburn Wood
  • Epigram On Miss Davies
    • On being asked why she had been formed so little, and Mrs. A—so big.
  • The Charms Of Lovely Davies
  • What Can A Young Lassie Do Wi' An Auld Man
  • The Posie
  • On Glenriddell's Fox Breaking His Chain
  • Poem On Pastoral Poetry
  • Verses On The Destruction Of The Woods Near Drumlanrig
  • The Gallant Weaver
  • Epigram At Brownhill Inn^1
  • Lovely Polly Stewart
  • Fragment,—Damon And Sylvia
  • Johnie Lad, Cock Up Your Beaver
  • My Eppie Macnab
  • Altho' He Has Left Me
  • My Tocher's The Jewel
  • O For Ane An' Twenty, Tam
  • Thou Fair Eliza
  • My Bonie Bell
  • Sweet Afton
  • Address To The Shade Of Thomson
  • Nithsdale's Welcome Hame
  • Frae The Friends And Land I Love
  • Such A Parcel Of Rogues In A Nation
  • Ye Jacobites By Name
  • I Hae Been At Crookieden
  • O Kenmure's On And Awa, Willie
  • Epistle To John Maxwell, ESQ., Of Terraughty
  • Second Epistle To Robert Graham, ESQ., Of Fintry
  • The Song Of Death
  • Poem On Sensibility
  • The Toadeater
  • Divine Service In The Kirk Of Lamington
  • The Keekin'-Glass
  • A Grace Before Dinner, Extempore
  • A Grace After Dinner, Extempore
  • O May, Thy Morn
  • Ae Fond Kiss, And Then We Sever
  • Behold The Hour, The Boat, Arrive
  • Thou Gloomy December
  • My Native Land Sae Far Awa
  • 1792
  • I do Confess Thou Art Sae Fair
  • Lines On Fergusson, The Poet
  • The Weary Pund O' Tow
  • When She Cam' Ben She Bobbed
  • Scroggam, My Dearie
  • My Collier Laddie
  • Sic A Wife As Willie Had
  • Lady Mary Ann
  • Kellyburn Braes
  • The Slave's Lament
  • O Can Ye Labour Lea?
  • The Deuks Dang O'er My Daddie
  • The Deil's Awa Wi' The Exciseman
  • The Country Lass
  • Bessy And Her Spinnin' Wheel
  • Love For Love
  • Saw Ye Bonie Lesley
  • Fragment Of Song
  • I'll Meet Thee On The Lea Rig
  • My Wife's A Winsome Wee Thing
  • Highland Mary
  • Auld Rob Morris
  • The Rights Of Woman
  • Epigram On Seeing Miss Fontenelle In A Favourite Character
  • Extempore On Some Commemorations Of Thomson
  • Duncan Gray
  • Here's A Health To Them That's Awa
  • A Tippling Ballad
  • 1793
  • Poortith Cauld And Restless Love
  • On Politics
  • Braw Lads O' Galla Water
  • Sonnet Written On The Author's Birthday,
  • Wandering Willie—First Version
  • Wandering Willie—Revised Version
  • Lord Gregory
  • Open The Door To Me, Oh
  • Lovely Young Jessie
  • Meg O' The Mill
  • Meg O' The Mill—Another Version
  • The Soldier's Return
  • Versicles, A.D. 1793
  • The True Loyal Natives
  • On Commissary Goldie's Brains
  • Lines Inscribed In A Lady's Pocket Almanac
  • Thanksgiving For A National Victory
  • Lines On The Commemoration Of Rodney's Victory
  • The Raptures Of Folly
  • Kirk and State Excisemen
  • Extempore Reply To An Invitation
  • Grace After Meat
  • Grace Before And After Meat
  • Impromptu On General Dumourier's Desertion From The French Republican Army
  • The Last Time I Came O'er The Moor
  • Logan Braes
  • Blythe Hae I been On Yon Hill
  • O Were My Love Yon Lilac Fair
  • Bonie Jean—A Ballad
  • Lines On John M'Murdo, ESQ.
  • Epitaph On A Lap-Dog
  • Epigrams Against The Earl Of Galloway
  • Epigram On The Laird Of Laggan
  • Song—Phillis The Fair
  • Song—Had I A Cave
  • Song—By Allan Stream
  • Whistle, And I'll Come To You, My Lad
  • Phillis The Queen O' The Fair
  • Come, Let Me Take Thee To My Breast
  • Dainty Davie
  • Robert Bruce's March To Bannockburn
  • Behold The Hour, The Boat Arrive
  • Down The Burn, Davie
  • Thou Hast Left Me Ever, Jamie
  • Where Are The Joys I have Met?
  • Deluded Swain, The Pleasure
  • Thine Am I, My Faithful Fair
  • On Mrs. Riddell's Birthday
  • My Spouse Nancy
  • Address
  • Complimentary Epigram On Maria Riddell
  • 1794
  • Remorseful Apology
  • Wilt Thou Be My Dearie?
  • A Fiddler In The North
  • The Minstrel At Lincluden
  • A Vision
  • A Red, Red Rose
  • Young Jamie, Pride Of A' The Plain
  • The Flowery Banks Of Cree
  • Monody
  • The Epitaph
  • Pinned To Mrs. Walter Riddell's Carriage
  • Epitaph For Mr. Walter Riddell
  • Epistle From Esopus To Maria
  • Epitaph On A Noted Coxcomb
  • On Capt. Lascelles
  • On Wm. Graham, Esq., Of Mossknowe
  • On John Bushby, Esq., Tinwald Downs
  • Sonnet On The Death Of Robert Riddell
  • The Lovely Lass O' Inverness
  • Charlie, He's My Darling
  • Bannocks O' Bear Meal
  • The Highland Balou
  • The Highland Widow's Lament
  • It Was A' For Our Rightfu' King
  • Ode For General Washington's Birthday
  • Inscription To Miss Graham Of Fintry
  • On The Seas And Far Away
  • Ca' The Yowes To The Knowes—Second Version
  • She Says She Loes Me Best Of A'
  • To Dr. Maxwell
  • To The Beautiful Miss Eliza J—N
  • On Chloris
  • On Seeing Mrs. Kemble In Yarico
  • Epigram On A Country Laird,
  • On Being Shewn A Beautiful Country Seat
  • On Hearing It Asserted Falsehood
  • On A Suicide
  • On A Swearing Coxcomb
  • On An Innkeeper Nicknamed "The Marquis"
  • On Andrew Turner
  • Pretty Peg
  • Esteem For Chloris
  • Saw Ye My Dear, My Philly
  • How Lang And Dreary Is The Night
  • Inconstancy In Love
  • The Lover's Morning Salute To His Mistress
  • The Winter Of Life
  • Behold, My Love, How Green The Groves
  • The Charming Month Of May
  • Lassie Wi' The Lint-White Locks
  • Dialogue song—Philly And Willy
  • Contented Wi' Little And Cantie Wi' Mair
  • Farewell Thou Stream
  • Canst Thou Leave Me Thus, My Katie
  • My Nanie's Awa
  • The Tear-Drop
  • For The Sake O' Somebody
  • 1795
  • A Man's A Man For A' That
  • Craigieburn Wood
  • Versicles of 1795
  • The Solemn League And Covenant
  • Lines sent with a Present of a Dozen of Porter.
  • Inscription On A Goblet
  • Apology For Declining An Invitation To Dine
  • Epitaph For Mr. Gabriel Richardson
  • Epigram On Mr. James Gracie
  • Bonie Peg-a-Ramsay
  • Inscription At Friars' Carse Hermitage
  • There Was A Bonie Lass
  • Wee Willie Gray
  • O Aye My Wife She Dang Me
  • Gude Ale Keeps The Heart Aboon
  • O Steer Her Up An' Haud Her Gaun
  • The Lass O' Ecclefechan
  • O Let Me In Thes Ae Night
  • Her Answer
  • I'll Aye Ca' In By Yon Town
  • O Wat Ye Wha's In Yon Town
  • Ballads on Mr. Heron's Election, 1795
  • Inscription For An Altar Of Independence
  • The Cardin O't, The Spinnin O't
  • The Cooper O' Cuddy
  • The Lass That Made The Bed To Me
  • Had I The Wyte? She Bade Me
  • Does Haughty Gaul Invasion Threat?
  • Address To The Woodlark
  • Song.—On Chloris Being Ill
  • How Cruel Are The Parents
  • Mark Yonder Pomp Of Costly Fashion
  • 'Twas Na Her Bonie Blue E'e
  • Their Groves O'Sweet Myrtle
  • Forlorn, My Love, No Comfort Near
  • Fragment,—Why, Why Tell The Lover
  • The Braw Wooer
  • This Is No My Ain Lassie
  • O Bonie Was Yon Rosy Brier
  • Song Inscribed To Alexander Cunningham
  • O That's The Lassie O' My Heart
  • Inscription
  • Fragment.—Leezie Lindsay
  • Fragment.—The Wren's Nest
  • News, Lassies, News
  • Crowdie Ever Mair
  • Mally's Meek, Mally's Sweet
  • Jockey's Taen The Parting Kiss
  • Verses To Collector Mitchell
  • Postscript
  • 1796
  • The Dean Of Faculty
  • Epistle To Colonel De Peyster
  • A Lass Wi' A Tocher
  • Heron Election Ballad, No. IV.
  • Complimentary Versicles To Jessie Lewars
  • O Lay Thy Loof In Mine, Lass
  • A Health To Ane I Loe Dear
  • O Wert Thou In The Cauld Blast
  • Inscription To Miss Jessy Lewars
  • Fairest Maid On Devon Banks
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