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Friday, December 24, 2010

Wishing You a Happy Holiday and Fabulous New Year!

We at History Undressed would like to wish all of our readers a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year!  Enjoy it wherever you are.  May 2011 bring you everything you hope for!

Here is a poem recorded by the famous Scots poet, Robert Burns, 1788, who says he only wrote part of it, and that the rest was an old song he wrote down when he heard it from an old man.  He passed the poem along to a friend in a letter.  The poem is sung traditionally on New Year's Eve in Scotland and the the British Isles, even making it to Canada and the USA--you'll recognize the song when you hear it.  Click this link to listen.  There are two versions you can listen to on the right side of the webpage.

Auld Lang Syne

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

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

And surely ye'll be your pint stowp!
And surely I'll be mine!
And we'll tak a cup o'kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
For auld lang syne.

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 lang syne.
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 lang syne.

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

Eliza and Michelle

1 comment:

Carol L. said...

And a Happy Holiday and New Years to you as well.Thanks for sharing Robert Burn's words. :)
Carol L