Mary Morrison by Robert Burns

I'm including this particular Poem, Mary Morrison by Robert Burns for my cousins in Canada, as a special tribute to my Mum's sister, my Aunt Mary, Mary Morrison, who emigrated from Scotland to Canada in May 1957 and passed away on March 27th 2007. She remained Scottish through and through and never forgot her roots despite being in Canada so long.

The poem, however, is a lovely tribute to the Mary that Rabbie Burns knew - but my beloved Aunt Mary was a special person, and I'm sure Rabbie would have loved her too! So I dedicate it on this website to all Mary Morrison's - wherever you are!

Of course the poem "Mary Morrison by Robert Burns" is not so well known as many of his other pieces, such as "Address to a Haggis", or the beautiful love song, "My Love is Like a Red Red Rose", or some of his other work. I had to recite "Address To A Mouse" when I was at school, and I recall My Mum reading "Address To The Toothache" when I had toothache. It really captures that indescribable pain that comes with toothache.

Other poems by him are "The Carls O Dysart" (which is just outside Kirkcaldy) which Rabbie wrote on a trip to the kingdom of Fife. But the most famous of all perhaps is "Auld Lang Syne", which is sung around the world every New Year. If you're not sure what the words mean, have a wee look at my attempt at a translation. He also paraphrased some of the Psalms including Psalm 1.

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.

Mary Morrison
25 Aug 1923 - 27 Mar 2007

Mary Morrison


by Robert Burns

Oh Mary at thy window be, it is the time, the trysted hour
These smiles and glances let me see what makes the miser's treasure poor
Blythely would I bide the stour, a weary slave frae sun tae sun
Could I the rich reward secure, the lovely Mary Morrison

Yestreen when tae the tremblin' string the dance gaed through the painted ha'
To thee my fancy took its wing, I sat but neither heard nor saw
Tho' this was fair and that was braw, and yon the toast o' a' the toon
I sighed and said amang them a', ye arenae Mary Morrison

Oh Mary wouldst thou wreck his peace who for thy sake would gladly die
Or wouldst thou break that heart o' his wha's only faut was lovin' thee
If love for love thou wiltnae gie at least be pity to me shown
A thocht ungentle cannae be the thocht o' Mary Morrison

Oh Mary at thy window be, it is the time, the trysted hour
These smiles and glances let me see what makes the miser's treasure poor
Blythely would I bide the stour, a weary slave frae sun tae sun
Could I the rich reward secure, the lovely Mary Morrison

This poem, Mary Morrison by Robert Burns is one of Rabbie's typical love poems. He was a man not only of words, but of passion, and wrote many love songs to all the numerous women or 'loves' in his life.

This Poem Mary Morrison by Robert Burns is only one of the poems or songs we have on the site. For more 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.
Address to a Haggis - Rabbie Burn's famous poem, recited at Burn's Suppers throughout the world.
Auld Lang Syne - Rabbie Burns' famous song, traditionally sung to bring in the New Year.
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!
Psalm 1 - This Psalm was paraphrased by RAbbie Burns.
The Ballad of Sir Patrick Spens - This ballad mentions Dunfermline, the ancient capital of Scotland.
The Carls o Dysart - This Poem/song was written by Rabbie Burns on a journey through Fife.
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.

See also poems contributed by visitors:

I Love The Lomonds, Cheeseboard, The Silver Trail to Crail , This Public Bar in Ladybank, A Friendly Fife Said "Hello", They walked all the way from Glasgow, Aberdour Greets Me Kindly, A Glimpse of Gold in Kirkcaldy, Kingskettle Cemetery, The Bonnie Bonnie Sand of St Andrews Bay, Thomas Joseph Harris, The Tay Bridge Disaster, Sojourn in St Andrews, When I walked to Leven, I should have played for Ladybank Violet, The Old Scottish Stone, Collessie, The Kingdom of Fife, Lady Mary Ann, The Village of Tayport & its Surroundings, Loch Leven, Grace Before Dinner, Holy Willie's Prayer, Will Ye No' Come Back Again, The Rights of Woman, Scots Wha Hae, Tam o' Shanter, The Star o' Rabbie Burns, Robert Burns, Ae Fond Kiss, Ballade of the Royal Game of Golf, A Man's a Man for A' That, To A Louse, Cuddle Doon, Scotch Drink

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