Address to a Haggis

By Rabbie Burns


Address to a Haggis is Robert Burn's famous Poem that is said at all Burns Suppers which are celebrated not only throughout Fife and Scotland, but around the world.

By the way, if YOU know a Scottish Poem that you would like to be included on this site, or indeed if you have written one, why not submit your contribution HERE, so people from around the world can enjoy it.

It is, of course, brought to the table to the sound of the pipes.

Address to a Haggis - cartoon piper


So for those who are going to try the Haggis Recipe or who are going to order haggis from a restaurant or store, I just HAD to include it here. However, at popular request I've added a recipe for a Pretend Haggis. If you can't face the 'real' thing, try this easy-to-make pretend haggis recipe.

Of course, as well as "Address to A Haggis", Burns wrote many other poems and songs, such as "Address To A Mouse" and one that my Mother recited to me when I had toothache, "Address To The Toothache". But he also wrote love poems and songs such as "Mary Morrison" and the more famous "My Love is Like a Red Red Rose". But perhaps the most famous of all is "Auld Lang Syne", sung around the world every New Year. You many not know what the words mean, but here is my attempt at a translation. He also paraphrased some of the Psalms - here is Psalm 1.

If most of Burns work confuses you - then there is a Book available with translations not only of this poem but many of his works. It is: The Best of Robert Burns: In English


Rabbie Burns

Rabbie Burns



As mentioned elsewhere, Rabbie Burns did not come from the Kingdom of Fife, but he is still a beloved Scot, and his work is recited and sung throughout Fife, as it is elsewhere in Scotland. This Poem, in particular, Address to a Haggis is known throughout the world.

He was born in Ayr on the west coast of Scotland, and there is statue of him in St George's Square in Glasgow.

Haggis

Adress to a Haggis - pic of Haggis



Address to a Haggis

Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face
Great chieftain o' the puddin-race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace
As lang's my arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill
Your hudies like a distant hill
Your pin wad help to mend a mill In time o' need
While thro' your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.

His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An' cut ye up wi' ready slight
Trenching your gushing entrails bright
Like onie ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reeking, rich!

Then horn for horn, they stretch an' strive:
Deil tak the hindmost, on they drive,
Till a' their weel-swall'd kytes belyve
Are bent like drums;
Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
'Bethankit!' hums.

Is there that owre his French ragout,
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad mak her spew
Wi perfect scunner,
Looks down wi' sneering, scornfu' view
On sic a dinner?

Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
As fecl;ess as a wither'd rash,
His spindle shank a guid whip-lash
His nieve a nit;
Tho' bluidy flood or field to dash,
O how unfit.

But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread, Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He'll make it whistle;
An' legs, an' arms, an' heads will sned
Like taps o' thrissle.

Ye pow'rs, wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o' fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware,
That jaups in luggies;
But if ye wish her gratfu' prayer,
Gie her a Haggis!

So, feel free to try and make this haggis if you dare, but why not just go and buy one. May I remind you if you live in Canada or North America, you can order American-produced Award-winning haggis or New Vegetarian Haggis direct from the USA.





I hope you enjoyed the Poem, Address to a Haggis.
For other poems see also the following:-

My Love is Like a Red Red Rose - This lovely romantic poem/song by Rabbie Burns.
The Collier Laddie - Believed to be one of the oldest of Fife's songs.
Auld Lang Syne - Rabbie Burns' famous song, traditionally sung to bring in the New Year.
Poem Mary Morrison - Another love poem by Rabbie Burns. I've dedicated this page to my Aunt, also called Mary Morrison who passed away in 2007.
The Boy in The Train - This delightful poem describes one young lads arrival by train to Kirkcaldy with smell of the linoleum factories.
Titanic Poem - Answers this question followed by a poem about that tragedy written by my Grandmother (from Scotland, of course!)
Translation Auld Lang Syne - Find out what the words of Auld Lang Syne mean?
Address To A Mouse - This Poem was written when Burns disturbed a mouse’s nest when ploughing a field.
Address To The Toothache - This descriptive Poem says it all!
The Ballad of Sir Patrick Spens - This ballad mentions Dunfermline, the ancient capital of Scotland.
Psalm 1 - Robert Burns paraphrased this Psalm..
The Carls o Dysart - This Poem/song was written by Rabbie Burns on a journey through Fife.
Haggis Ingredients - - See how to make and serve Haggis.
Pretend Haggis - If you can't face the 'real' thing, try this easy-to-make pretend haggis recipe.
Tipsy Laird - This delicious whisky trifle (similar to sherry trifle) is traditionally served at a Burns Supper.
Burns Supper - Learn a bit more about a Burns Supper and get the Menu and recipe for Haggis, chappit potatoes and bashed neeps.
Hogmanay - See how we bring in the New Year in Scotland.
Scottish Custom and Traditions - Learn a bit more about some of our customs and traditions.
Language, Customs and Culture Bookstore - Browse through our Bookstore for Scots-English Dictionaries, and plenty books on the works of Rabbie Burns.

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