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To a Louse


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O, wad some Power the giftie gie us, To see oursels as others see us!

O, wad some Power the giftie gie us, To see oursels as others see us!
To A Louse, Robert Burns (1786).

Poem written on seeing a louse on a lady's bonnet at church.

Ha! whaur ye gaun, ye crowlin ferlie?
Your impudence protects you sairly;
I canna say but ye strunt rarely,
Owre gauze and lace;
Tho', faith! I fear ye dine but sparely
On sic a place.

Ye ugly, creepin, blastit wonner,
Detested, shunn'd by saunt an' sinner,
How daur ye set your fit upon her-
Sae fine a lady?
Gae somewhere else and seek your dinner
On some poor body.

Swith! in some beggar's haffet squattle;
There ye may creep, and sprawl, and sprattle,
Wi' ither kindred, jumping cattle,
In shoals and nations;
Whaur horn nor bane ne'er daur unsettle
Your thick plantations.

Now haud you there, ye're out o' sight,
Below the fatt'rels, snug and tight;
Na, faith ye yet! ye'll no be right,
Till ye've got on it-
The verra tapmost, tow'rin height
O' Miss' bonnet.

My sooth! right bauld ye set your nose out,
As plump an' grey as ony groset:
O for some rank, mercurial rozet,
Or fell, red smeddum,
I'd gie you sic a hearty dose o't,
Wad dress your droddum.

I wad na been surpris'd to spy
You on an auld wife's flainen toy;
Or aiblins some bit dubbie boy,
On's wyliecoat;
But Miss' fine Lunardi! fye!
How daur ye do't?

O Jeany, dinna toss your head,
An' set your beauties a' abread!
Ye little ken what cursed speed
The blastie's makin:
Thae winks an' finger-ends, I dread,
Are notice takin.

O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
An' foolish notion:
What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us,
An' ev'n devotion!


Rabbit wishes all his ipernity friends a Happy Burns Night - enjoy your haggis, neeps and tatties!

Rosa Maria Riquelme, Christina Sonnenschein, RQ 01012015, William Sutherland and 5 other people have particularly liked this photo


26 comments - The latest ones
Nylonbleu
Nylonbleu
WOW, rabbit knows old english !!! very intelectual rabbit !
3 years ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld
Rabbitroundtheworld
Muriel, thank you! Happy Burns Night to you.

Nylonbleu, yes, very intellectual rabbit, but the language is Scots not English :-) Happy Burns Night!
3 years ago.
Nylonbleu has replied to Rabbitroundtheworld
oups, sorry sorry :o)
3 years ago.
Victoria Dipietro Designs
Victoria Dipietro De…
Happy Burns Night to you, dear Rabbit! You're looking mighty smart in your kilt!

Our Mr. Burns seems mighty vexed to see such a bold and impudent louse partaking of a leisurely stroll amongst this lady's Sunday finery. I wonder how he managed to resist a simple, "Pardon me, madam, may I be so bold as to vanquish you from despicable nasty?" and simply squish the thing? Nay, instead he pens this lengthy poem! Chivalry was pretty weird back then!
3 years ago.
Rhisiart Hincks
Rhisiart Hincks
I'm sure he loves Rabbit Burns.
3 years ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld
Rabbitroundtheworld
Victoria, yes, very funny that his first reaction wasn't to remove the louse but to use it as poetic material - I'd never thought of it like that!
3 years ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld
Rabbitroundtheworld
Rhisiart, but of course ;-)
3 years ago.
Beth
Beth
So much inspiration from such a tiny louse! Thank you for sharing this outstanding poem, and may we have the gift that Bobbie Burns bespeaks :-)
3 years ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld has replied to Beth
Thanks Beth! Do you celebrate Burns' Night in your part of the world?
3 years ago.
Beth has replied to Rabbitroundtheworld
I'm afraid not, but one can always start a small revolution :-)
3 years ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Brilliantly arranged and so appropriate! Shows great imagination, and I do love Rabbit's kilt !!
3 years ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld has replied to Larry Drummond
Thanks Larry - Rabbit raises a wee dram to you
3 years ago.
Cats 99
Cats 99
LOL! Happy Burns Night to you too, Rabbit! I enjoyed the poem, though a few of those terms escaped my ken! :)
3 years ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld has replied to Cats 99
Fran, happy Burns' night to you too (and yes, some of the words are beyond Rabbit, too)
3 years ago.
Alan H
Alan H
Happy Burns Night.
3 years ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld has replied to Alan H
And you Alan - a wee dram for you.
3 years ago.
Jean
Jean
Rabbit and his hero ! I hope you toasted Burns as well as the haggis. I'd forgotten this quotation came from "To a Louse" and I'd forgotten about the Lunardi bonnet as well. Poor Jean, all poshed up !
3 years ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld
Rabbitroundtheworld
Jean, yes, you would have particular sympathy with the wearer ;-)
3 years ago.
Janano -
Janano -
Fabulous and great shadow
3 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Terrific shot!
3 years ago.
Chrissy S
Chrissy S
LOL, good to see you back Rabbit and hope you all had a great time.
3 years ago.
Mags:-) off for a while
Mags:-) off for a wh…
Beautiful light and shadows!!! :-))
3 years ago.
Eva Buijs
Eva Buijs
:-))) nice shot!
3 years ago.
vfm4
vfm4
and what a pretty kilt rabbit is wearing! :-)
3 years ago.
Esther
Esther
He really gets around.
3 years ago.
lovestruck
lovestruck
I just love his kilt!
3 years ago.