Robert Burns

Will you be eating haggis or perhaps partaking of a cup of kindness on Burns night?

I associate Robert Burns’ poetry with parties, and family celebrations, I don’t think New Years Eve would be quite so celebratory without “Auld Lang Syne”. His poetry seems to me to be full of viguor and energy, sometimes amusing as in “Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim'rous beastie”, and sometimes gentle and romantic as in “ O My Love”, which is your favourite?

O my Luve's like a red, red rose,
That's newly sprung in June:
O my Luve's like the melodie,
That's sweetly play'd in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry.

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare-thee-weel, my only Luve!
And fare-thee-weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho' 'twere ten thousand mile!

Don’t you just love “Till a' the seas gang dry”, so much more lyrical than “Till all the seas run dry”?


  1. I won't be doing anything tonight (dark and dreary here) but I love your illustration and it did remind me of some happy times walking round Edinburgh.

  2. Beautiful illustration & beautiful words~
    Much more romantic then...
    Thanks you for sharing~
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Your red rose is beautiful and I do love the first line of this poem,wishing it was June!

  4. Hi! Was your children's book Where's my Share?" , ever printed with a rabbit on the front cover?

    I think I have it somewhere??

    beautiful little book too, my daughter used to love it.

  5. True to my Scottish heritage, I do love Robby Burns. Haggis, though, is quite another story, I fear.

  6. Natalie,

    Hello and thanks for visiting. Yes, the paperback had a rabbit on the front cover. It was published by Collins as a Picture Lions and later as a premium edition by Diamond books, also Harper Collins.

  7. Lovely poem, and your card is beautiful.

  8. Gorgeous card - just right for Valentines Day, too! Think I'll pass on the haggis:)

  9. This is my first visit to your blog and I hope to return often.
    You have a lovely blog.
    Beautiful card.

  10. Valerie, your illustration is sweet!
    Perfect for Burns.

  11. I'm a new blogger and just found your blog! I'm trying to create a quilt based upon the Burns poem/song about his love being like a red red rose. I shall enjoy returning to you blog.

  12. Great illustration. Nice details and certainly a wild rose. Love Burns.

  13. I love your lyrical and romantic illustration! It's just perfect with Robert Burn's poem. :)

  14. O,tiss lovely lass,tiss lovely!!

  15. I can promise you I won't be eating haggis anytime! lol!

    I have finished a couple of small knitting projects and shipped them on their way to new homes, but I have not finished the wrap from the novelty yarns. It might make a nice early spring cover though, so I think I will get it done.

  16. I am so silly, it has just occurred to me you might have meant my avatar's knitting. She is in her painting studio now!

    You see, I was feeling a bit guilty for never finishing the knitting project I showed last fall on my blog!

  17. Hi Valerie,

    Love your illustration, you have such a soft, inviting style.

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    Keep the wonderful art coming! :-)

  18. What a beautiful illustration! Love the Robert Burns poem too...so romantic. :)

    ~ Carolee

  19. Lovely illustration as always.
    I am a great fan of L, he does inspire me, saw an exhibition of his inventions in Venice this summer. There was a huge giant book full of his drawings, just magic.

  20. I love that poem. We did go to a Burns Night for the English, where those with strong stomachs ate haggis and the rest of us pork casserole. Agree about seas gang dry - reminded me that Wordworth in Daffodils was going to put I wandered like a lonely cloud and then changed it to I wandered lonely as a cloud - what a difference that makes.

  21. Please visit me when you find the time..there is a little surprise.
    Have a lovely weekend..

  22. I do love Robbie Burns! I remember discovering his poetry as a teenager and being completely enthralled and amazed. It definitely stretched my understanding of what poetry could be.

    Thanks for this lovely reminder Valerie.