Auld Lang Syne

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Well, here I find myself on the cusp of another new year, and I can't help wondering what this one will bring. My pendulum tells me that I will find more success with my photography. That is my fervent wish to become an established art photographer.

As I write tonight's blog, [i]Weird US[/i] on the History Channel is talking about Robert Burns. As I consider myself a poet of sorts, I was surprised to learn that he penned the words to [i]Auld Lang Syne[/i]. Perhaps I learned this years ago and have simply forgotten.

After a bot of Googling, here's what I discovered:

Burns' name is not affixed to the song, but there seems to be no doubt it is his. He claims the following 2 verses as his own:

"We tae hae ran about the braes," and "We twa hae paidl'd in the burn."

When he spoke of to friends, he called it ancient.

"Light be the turf," he says, "on the breast of the heaven-inspired poet who composed this glorious fragment! There is more of the fire of native genius in it than half-a-dozen of modern English Bacchanalians." "Apropos, is not the Scotch phrase Auld Lang Syne exceedingly expressive? This old song and tune has often thrilled through my soul." To Thomson he writes thus:- "The air is but mediocre; but the song of itself - the song of the olden times, and which has never been in print, nor even in manuscript, until I took it down from an old man's singing - is enough to recommend any air."

So, in honor of the passing of 2005 into 2006, all the best to you, my friends.

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?


For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint-stoup,
And surely I'll be mine;
And we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
For auld, etc.

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit,
Sin' auld lang syne.
For auld, etc.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd.
Sin' auld lang syne.
For auld, etc.

And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak' a right gud-wellie waught,
For auld lang syne.

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