Robert Burns Poems

  • 1.  
    O my Luve's like a red, red rose
    That's newly sprung in June;O my Luve's like the melodie
  • 2.  
    When biting Boreas, fell and doure,
    Sharp shivers thro' the leafless bow'r;When Phœbus gies a short-liv'd glow'r,
  • 3.  
    O Prince, O chief of many throned pow'rs!
    That led th' embattled seraphim to war! (Milton, Paradise Lost)
  • 4.  
    Ae fond kiss, and then we sever;
    Ae fareweel, and then for ever!Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee,
  • 5.  
    Flow gently, sweet Afton, among thy green braes,
    Flow gently, I'll sing thee a song in thy praise;My Mary's asleep by thy murmuring stream,
  • 6.  
    Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
    And never brought to mind?Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
  • 7.  
    O saw ye bonnie Lesley
    As she gaed o'er the Border?She's gane, like Alexander,
  • 8.  
    Ca' the yowes to the knowes,
    Ca' them where the heather growsCa' them where the burnie rows,
  • 9.  
    Coming thro' the rye, poor body,
    Coming thro' the rye,She draiglet a' her petticoatie
  • 10.  
    Duncan Gray cam here to woo,
    Ha, ha, the wooing o't,On blythe Yule Night when we were fu',
  • 11.  
    Fareweel to a' our Scottish fame,
    Fareweel our ancient glory;Fareweel ev'n to the Scottish name,
  • 12.  
    Is there, for honest poverty,
    That hings his head, an' a' that?The coward slave, we pass him by,
  • 13.  
    Green grow the rashes, O!
    Green grow the rashes, O!The sweetest hours that e'er I spend,
  • 14.  
    Ye banks and braes and streams around
    The castle o' Montgomery,Green be your woods, and fair your flowers,
  • 15.  
    It was a' for our rightful king
    That we left fair Scotland's strand;It was a' for our rightful king
  • 16.  
    John Anderson, my jo John,
    When we were first acquentYour locks were like the raven,
  • 17.  
    There were three kings into the east,
    Three kings both great and high,An' they hae sworn a solemn oath
  • 18.  
    The lovely lass o' Inverness,
    Nae joy nor pleasure can she see;For e'en and morn she cries, “Alas!”
  • 19.  
    Last May a braw wooer cam down the lang glen,
    And sair wi' his love he did deave me;I said there was naething I hated like men:
  • 20.  
    O Mary, at thy window be,
    It is the wished, the trysted hour!Those smiles and glances let me see,
  • 21.  
    Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
    The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth;Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
  • 22.  
    Oh wert thou in the cauld blast,
    On yonder lea, on yonder lea,My plaidie to the angry airt,
  • 23.  
    Scots, wha hae wi' Wallace bled,
    Scots, wham Bruce has aften led,Welcome to your gory bed,
  • 24.  
    My heart is a-breaking, dear Tittie,
    Some counsel unto me come len';To anger them a' is a pity,
  • 25.  
    A Tale

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  • 27.  
    A note of seeming truth and trust
    Hid crafty observation; And secret hung, with poison'd crust,
  • 28.  
    O, wilt thou go wi' me,
    Sweet Tibbie Dunbar?O, wilt thou go wi' me,
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  • 31.  
    On Turning her up in her Nest with the Plough

  • 32.  
    Ye banks and braes o' bonnie Doon,
    How can ye bloom sae fair!How can ye chant, ye little birds,
  • 33.  
    Ca' the yowes to the knowes,
    Ca' them where the heather grows, Ca' them where the burnie rows,
  • 34.  
    Of a' the airts the wind can blaw,
    I dearly like the west,For there the bonnie lassie lives,
  • 35.  
    Go fetch to me a pint o' wine,
    An' fill it in a silver tassie,That I may drink, before I go,
  • 36.  
    O were my Love yon lilac fair,
    Wi' purple blossoms to the spring,And I a bird to shelter there,
  • 37.  
    It was a' for our rightfu' King
    We left fair Scotland's strand;It was a' for our rightfu' King
  • 38.  
    HERE'S to thy health, my bonie lass,
    Gude nicht and joy be wi' thee;I'll come nae mair to thy bower-door,
  • 39.  
    Behind yon hills, where Lugar flows,
    'Mang moors an' mosses many, O,The wintry sun the day has clos'd,
  • 40.  
    'TWAS on a Monday morning,
    Right early in the year,That Charlie came to our town,
  • 41.  
    WILL ye go to the Indies, my Mary,
    And leave auld Scotia's shore?Will ye go to the Indies, my Mary,
  • 42.  
    LIGHT lay the earth on Billy's breast,
    His chicken heart so tender;But build a castle on his head,
  • 43.  
    WHAT needs this din about the town o' Lon'on,
    How this new play an' that new sang is comin?Why is outlandish stuff sae meikle courted?
  • 44.  
    IN Mauchline there dwells six proper young belles,
    The pride of the place and its neighbourhood a';Their carriage and dress, a stranger would guess,
  • 45.  
    O A' ye pious godly flocks,
    Weel fed on pastures orthodox,Wha now will keep you frae the fox,
  • 46.  
    INHUMAN man! curse on thy barb'rous art,
    And blasted be thy murder-aiming eye;May never pity soothe thee with a sigh,
  • 47.  
    I hae seen the hairst o' Rettie, lads,
    And twa-three aff the throne.I've heard o sax and seven weeks
  • 48.  
    Chorus.â??She is a winsome wee thing,
    She is a handsome wee thing,She is a lo'esome wee thing,
  • 49.  
    Nae lark in transport mounts the sky
    Or leaves wi' early plaintive cry,But I will bid a last good-bye,
  • 50.  
    THERE was once a day, but old Time wasythen young,
    That brave Caledonia, the chief of her line,From some of your northern deities sprung,
Total 505 poems written by Robert Burns

Poem of the day

 by Sara Teasdale

The moon is a curving flower of gold,
The sky is still and blue;
The moon was made for the sky to hold,
And I for you;
The moon is a flower without a stem,
The sky is luminous;
Eternity was made for them,
To-night for us.

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