Robert Burns Poems

  • 251.  
    OH, open the door, some pity to shew,
    Oh, open the door to me, oh, Tho' thou hast been false, I'll ever prove true,
  • 252.  
    WHILE larks, with little wing,
    Fann'd the pure air, Tasting the breathing Spring,
  • 253.  
    Scots, wha hae wi' Wallace bled,
    Scots, wham Bruce has aften led, Welcome to your gory bed,
  • 254.  
    THOU greybeard, old Wisdom! may boast of thy treasures;
    Give me with young Folly to live; I grant thee thy calm-blooded, time-settled pleasures,
  • 255.  
    ALTHO' my back be at the wa',
    And tho' he be the fautor; Altho' my back be at the wa',
  • 256.  
    I AM a keeper of the law
    In some sma' points, altho' not a'; Some people tell me gin I fa',
  • 257.  
    All devil as I am-a damned wretch,
    A hardened, stubborn, unrepenting villain, Still my heart melts at human wretchedness;
  • 258.  
    When Januar' wind was blawing cauld,
    As to the north I took my way, The mirksome night did me enfauld,
  • 259.  
    O WHA will to Saint Stephen's House,
    To do our errands there, man? O wha will to Saint Stephen's House
  • 260.  
    HERE Brewer Gabriel's fire's extinct,
    And empty all his barrels: He's blestâ??if, as he brew'd, he drink,
  • 261.  
    "O cam ye here the fight to shun,
    Or herd the sheep wi' me, man? Or were ye at the Sherra-moor,
  • 262.  
    BY all I lov'd, neglected and forgot,
    No friendly face e'er lights my squalid cot; Shunn'd, hated, wrong'd, unpitied, unredrest,
  • 263.  
    Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
    Great chieftain o' the puddin-race! Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
  • 264.  
    My mither sent me tae the moss
    For to gaither peats and dross. I cowpit the cairt and hanged the horse
  • 265.  
    ADMIRING Nature in her wildest grace,
    These northern scenes with weary feet I trace; O'er many a winding dale and painful steep,
  • 266.  
    ALL hail! inexorable lord!
    At whose destruction-breathing word, The mightiest empires fall!
  • 267.  
    1 Is there, for honest poverty,
    2 That hings his head, an' a' that? 3 The coward slave, we pass him by,
  • 268.  
    INSTEAD of a Song, boy's, I'll give you a Toast;
    Here's to the memory of those on the twelfth that we lost!â?? That we lost, did I say?â??nay, by Heav'n, that we found;
  • 269.  
    AS down the burn they took their way,
    And thro' the flowery dale; His cheek to hers he aft did lay,
  • 270.  
    Farewell, ye dungeons dark and strong,
    The wretch's destinie! M'Pherson's time will not be long
  • 271.  
    SWEET naïveté of feature,
    Simple, wild, enchanting elf, Not to thee, but thanks to Nature,
  • 272.  
    AS father Adam first was fool'd,
    (A case that's still too common,) Here lies man a woman ruled,
  • 273.  
    It was a' for our rightfu' king
    That we left fair Scotland's strand; It was a' for our rightfu' king
  • 274.  
    NOW westlin winds and slaught'ring guns
    Bring Autumn's pleasant weather; The moorcock springs on whirring wings
  • 275.  
    FAREWEEL to a' our Scottish fame,
    Fareweel our ancient glory; Fareweel ev'n to the Scottish name,
  • 276.  
    1 Ca' the yowes to the knowes,
    2 Ca' them where the heather grows 3 Ca' them where the burnie rows,
  • 277.  
    Chorus.â??You're welcome, Willie Stewart,
    You're welcome, Willie Stewart, There's ne'er a flower that blooms in May,
  • 278.  
    YE Irish lords, ye knights an' squires,
    Wha represent our brughs an' shires, An' doucely manage our affairs
  • 279.  
    RIGHT, sir! your text I'll prove it true,
    Tho' heretics may laugh; For instance, there's yourself just now,
  • 280.  
    THINE am I, my faithful Fair,
    Thine, my lovely Nancy; Ev'ry pulse along my veins,
  • 281.  
    WHEN, by a generous Public's kind acclaim,
    That dearest meed is grantedâ??honest fame; Waen here your favour is the actor's lot,
  • 282.  
    On Cessnock banks a lassie dwells,
    Could I describe her shape and mien! Our lasses a' she far excels---
  • 283.  
    ITHERS seek they ken na what,
    Features, carriage, and a' that; Gie me love in her I court,
  • 284.  
    1 It was a' for our rightful king
    2 That we left fair Scotland's strand; 3 It was a' for our rightful king
  • 285.  
    WITH Pegasus upon a day,
    Apollo, weary flying, Through frosty hills the journey lay,
  • 286.  
    STILL anxious to secure your partial favour,
    And not less anxious, sure, this night, than ever, A Prologue, Epilogue, or some such matter,
  • 287.  
    Wee Willie Gray, and his leather wallet,
    Peel a willow wand to be him boots and jacket; The rose upon the breir will be him trews anâ?? doublet,
  • 288.  
    Talk not of love, it gives me pain,
    For love has been my foe; He bound me in an iron chain,
  • 289.  
    FRIEND of the Poet, tried and leal,
    Wha, wanting thee, might beg or steal; Alake, alake, the meikle deil
  • 290.  
    HERE cursing, swearing Burton lies,
    A buck, a beau, or "Dem my eyes!" Who in his life did little good,
  • 291.  
    O HAD each Scot of ancient times
    Been, Jeanie Scott, as thou art; The bravest heart on English ground
  • 292.  
    ELLISLAND, 21st Oct., 1789.WOW, but your letter made me vauntie!
    And are ye hale, and weel and cantie? I ken'd it still, your wee bit jauntie
  • 293.  
    MY Sandy gied to me a ring,
    Was a' beset wi' diamonds fine; But I gied him a far better thing,
  • 294.  
    THERE was five Carlins in the South,
    They fell upon a scheme, To send a lad to London town,
  • 295.  
    LAMENT him, Mauchline husbands a',
    He aften did assist ye; For had ye staid hale weeks awa,
  • 296.  
    TO you, sir, this summons I've sent,
    Pray, whip till the pownie is freathing; But if you demand what I want,
  • 297.  
    O MIRK, mirk is this midnight hour,
    And loud the tempest's roar; A waefu' wanderer seeks thy tower,
  • 298.  
    AMONG the heathy hills and ragged woods
    The roaring Fyers pours his mossy floods; Till full he dashes on the rocky mounds,
  • 299.  
    O DEATH! thou tyrant fell and bloody!
    The meikle devil wi' a woodie Haurl thee hame to his black smiddie,
  • 300.  
    Amang the trees, where humming bees,
    At buds and flowers were hinging, O, Auld Caledon drew out her drone,
Total 505 poems written by Robert Burns

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Union Square
 by Sara Teasdale

With the man I love who loves me not,
I walked in the street-lamps' flare;
We watched the world go home that night
In a flood through Union Square.

I leaned to catch the words he said
That were light as a snowflake falling;
Ah well that he never leaned to hear

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