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August in January for Burns Night

Friday, 23 January, 2015

Tonight is Burns Night, the annual commemoration of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. In honour of the occasion, we present Dick Gaughan’s Glaswegian rendering of the beautiful Song Composed In August. Its origins date back to 1775 when Burns, then 16, was still at school. The object of his affections was Margaret Thomson, whom Burns described as, “a charming Filette who lived next door to the school. She overset my Trigonometry, and set me off in a tangent from the sphere of my studies.”

Now westlin winds and slaughter’n guns
Bring Autumn’s pleasant weather;
The moorcock springs on whirring wings
Amang the blooming heather:
Now waving grain, wide o’er the plain,
Delights the weary farmer;
And the moon shines bright, when I rove at night,
To muse upon my charmer.

The partridge loves the fruitful fells,
The plover loves the mountains;
The woodcock haunts the lonely dells,
The soaring hern the fountains:
Thro’ lofty groves the cushat roves,
The path of man to shun it;
The hazel bush o’erhangs the thrush,
The spreading thorn the linnet.

Thus ev’ry kind their pleasure find,
The savage and the tender;
Some social join, and leagues combine,
Some solitary wander:
Avaunt, away! the cruel sway,
Tyrannic man’s dominion;
The sportsman’s joy, the murd’ring cry,
The flutt’rin, gory pinion!

But, Peggy dear, the ev’ning’s clear,
Swift flies the skimming swallow,
The sky is blue, the fields in view,
All fading-green and yellow:
Come let us stray our gladsome way,
And view the charms of Nature;
The rustling corn, the fruit at thorn,
And ev’ry happy creature.

We’ll gently walk, and sweetly talk,
Till the silent moon shine clearly;
I’ll grasp thy waist, and, fondly prest,
Swear how I love thee dearly:
Not vernal show’rs to budding flow’rs,
Not t’Autumn to the farmer,
So dear can be as thou to me,
My fair, my lovely charmer!

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 — 21 July 1796)


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  1. Bonny song- before sleeping.
    Oiche mhaith.