Selected poems and songs

Published 2013
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"Many of the poems and songs of Robert Burns (1759-96) are familiar to readers the world over: lyrical, acerbic, comic, bawdy, democratic. They include 'To a Mouse', 'John Anderson my Jo', 'A red red Rose', 'Auld lang syne', 'Tam o' Shanter' and many more, whose vernacular energy and simple beauty have ensured lasting popularity. This generous new selection offers Burns's work as it was first encountered by contemporary readers, presenting the texts in the contexts in which they were originally published. It reproduces the whole of Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect published at Kilmarnock in 1786, the volume which made Burns famous; and it reunites a broad selection of songs from The Scots Musical Museum and A Select Collection of Original Scotish Airs with their full scores. Comprehensive notes describe the circumstances in which other poems and songs found their way into print, both before and after the poet's death. The edition also includes some important letters, and a full glossary to explain Scots words."--Book Jacket.

xxxv, 451 pages : maps, music ; 21 cm
Other Title:
Works. Selections. 2013
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-423) and indexes.
Text in English and Scots.
Machine generated contents note: Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (Kilmarnock, 1786)
Twa Dogs, a Tale
Scotch Drink
Author's earnest cry and prayer, to [...] the Scotch representatives in the House of Commons
Holy Fair
Address to the Deil
death and dying words of Poor Mailie
Poor Mailie's Elegy
To J. S[mith]
auld Farmer's new-year-morning Salutation to his auld Mare, Maggie, [...]
Cotter's Saturday night, inscribed to R. A[iken], Esq.
To a Mouse, on turning her up in her Nest, with the Plough, November, 1785
Epistle to Davie, a brother Poet
Lament, occasioned by the unfortunate issue of a friend's amour
Despondency, an Ode
Man was made to mourn, a Dirge
Winter, a Dirge
Prayer in the prospect of Death
To a Mountain-Daisy, on turning one down, with the Plough, in April
To Ruin
Epistle to a young Friend
On a Scotch Bard gone to the West Indies
Dedication to G[avin] H[amilton], Esq.
To a Louse, on seeing one on a Lady's bonnet at Church
Epistle to J. L[aprai]k, an old Scotch Bard
To the same
To W. S[impso]n, Ochiltree
To J. R[ankine], enclosing some Poems
Song, It was upon a Lammas night
Song, Now westlin winds, and slaught' Ring Guns
Song, From thee, Eliza, I must go
Epitaphs and Epigrams
Bard's Epitaph
From Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (Edinburgh, 1787)
Brigs of Ayr
Address to the Unco Guid, or the Rigidly Righteous
To a Haggis
John Barleycorn. A Ballad
Fragment, `When Guilford good our Pilot stood'
Songs from The Scots Musical Museum
From Volume I (1787)
Green grows the Rashes [Green grow the Rashes]
From Volume II (1788)
Birks of Aberfeldy
Rattlin, roarin Willie
Tibbie, I hae seen the day
From Volume III (1790)
Ay waukin, O
My love she's but a Lassie yet
I Love my Jean
John Anderson my Jo
Ca' the ewes to the knowes
rantin dog the Daddie o't
Tam Glen
From Volume IV (1792)
My Tochers the Jewel
There Never be peace till Jamie comes hame
Rory Dall's Port [Ae fond kiss]
Bess and her Spinning Wheel
Ye Jacobites by Name
Banks o' Doon
Such a parcel of rogues in a nation
Afton Water
Deil's awa wi' th' Exciseman
From Volume V (1796)
red red Rose
Auld lang syne
Comin thro' the rye
From Volume VI (1803)
O leave novels andc.
Songs from A Select Collection of Original Scotish Airs, for the Voice (1798-9)
Duncan Gray came here to woo
O whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad
Other poems and songs published in Burns's lifetime
Written on a window in Stirling (1788)
`Here Lies Robert Fergusson Poet' (1789)
Elegy, On the departed Year 1788 (1789)
On Captain Grose's present Peregrinations through Scotland (1789)
Tam o' Shanter (1791)
Extempore on some late commemorations of the poet Thomson (1792)
Rights of Woman (1792)
Lament for James, Earl of Glencairn (1793)
Bruce's Address to his Troops [Scots, wha hae] (1794)
Election: a new song (1795)
Dumfries Volunteers (1795)
Song [A man's a man for a that] (1795)
Other poems and songs published posthumously
From the Stewart and Meikle chapbooks (1799)
Jolly Beggars [Love and Liberty]
Holy Willie's Prayer
Extempore verses on dining with Lord Daer
From The Merry Muses of Caledonia (1799)
Nine inch will please a lady
Poor bodies do naething but m-w
From The Works of Robert Burns edition James Currie (1800)
Poem on Pastoral Poetry
Poetical Inscription for an Altar to Independence
Address to a Lady [Oh wert thou in the cauld blast]
From Poems Ascribed to Robert Burns edition Thomas Stewart (1801)
Lines written extempore in a lady's pocket-book
From The Scots Magazine (November 1803)
Verses, Written under the Portrait of Fergusson the Poet
From Reliques of Robert Burns edition R. H. Cromek (1808)
Song [My father w
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