A Man's A Man For A' That

by Submitted by J.
(Fife Scotland)

Another well known poem by Rabbie Burns, again this one is often quoted but hardly ever read in its complete form. Hope you enjoy the full version.

Is there for honest Poverty
That hings his head, an' a' that?
The coward slave, we pass him by,
We dare be poor for a' that!
For a' that, an' a' that!
Our toils obscure, an' a' that,
The rank is but the guinea's stamp,
The Man's the gowd for a' that.

What though on hamely fare we dine,
Wear hoddin grey an' a' that?
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine
A Man's a Man for a' that.
For a' that, an' a' that,
Their tinsel show, an' a' that,
The honest man, tho' e'er sae poor,
Is king o' men for a' that.

Ye see yon birkie ca'd a lord,
Wha struts, an' stares, an' a' that?
Tho' hundreds worship at his word,
He's but a cuif for a' that,
For a' that, an' a' that,
His ribband, star, an' a' that,
The man o' independent mind,
He looks an' laughs at a' that.

A prince can mak a belted knight,
A marquis, duke, an' a' that!
But an honest man's aboon his might
Guid faith, he mauna fa' that!
For a' that, an' a' that,
Their dignities, an' a' that,
The pith o' sense an' pride o' worth
Are higher rank than a' that.

Then let us pray that come it may
As come it will for a' that
That Sense and Worth o'er a' the earth,
Shall bear the gree an' a' that,
For a' that, an' a' that,
It's comin' yet for a' that,
That Man to Man the world oe'r,

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Oct 01, 2007
its good to be reminded
by: SMS

of these auld scots words - actually some I had to read a few times to get the gist of it. I usually think I'm not that keen on Burns but again was glad to be reminded that they're actually good work.

Sep 30, 2007
Great Song
by: May

Thank you J for submitting this lovely Burns' Song.
To my shame I only really knew the words to the first verse and chorus, but the tune is also lovely.

I appreciate you taking the time to submit. Maybe as more folk submit these wonderful pieces, we'll have good revival of 'old Scottish' again.

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