Psalm 1 - A Paraphrase

By Robert Burns

Psalm 1, is one of my favourite Psalms. I love to read poetry and sing songs in 'Scottish'; and for me, there is something lovely about reading the Psalms in the 'Mither Tongue' The Psalms mean a great deal to me: they challenge me sometimes, and yet have been a great source of comfort at other times, especially in the middle of trials. So, as my favourite poet paraphrased Psalm 1, I've chosen to add it to the site.

Rabbie Burns left an incredible legacy behind him. His most famous piece known throughout the world is perhaps Auld Lang Syne (click HERE if you want to read my attempt at translating it. He wrote songs and poems about every aspect of life, many about nature, dozens about love and his relationships.

Some of his famous pieces are My Love is Like a Red Red Rose which I think is so beautiful, as well as Address to a Haggis, which is recited at Burns' Suppers around the world. Another that my Mum used to tell me whenever I had toothache was Address to the Toothache, and the one that I had to learn and recite at school was To a Mouse. He also wrote some other pieces which maybe aren't quite as well known such as Mary Morrison and the one he wrote during a visit to the Kingdom of Fife - The Carls O Dysart.

But with his reputation for liking a drink or two, and of course his many women, it is in some ways surprising that he paraphrased some of the Psalms into the Scottish tongue.


Psalm 1 - Paraphrased

by Robert Burns

The man, in life wherever plac'd,
Hath happiness in store,
Who walks not in the wicked's way,
Nor learns their guilty lore!

Nor from the seat of scornful pride
Casts forth his eyes abroad,
But with humility and awe
Still walks before his God.

That man shall flourish like the trees,
Which by the streamlets grow;
The fruitful top is spread on high,
And firm the root below.

But he whose blossom buds in guilt
Shall to the ground be cast,
And, like the rootless stubble, tost
Before the sweeping blast.

For why? that God the good adore,
Hath giv'n them peace and rest,
But hath decreed that wicked men
Shall ne'er be truly blest.

If you have enjoyed this piece, I invite you to look at some of the other poems.

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.
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.
The The Carls o Dysart - his 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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