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Poems and Songs by Robert BurnsRobert Burns (1759 – 1796) called himself an Aeolian harp strung to every wind of heaven. His first volume of poems, entitled Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, was published in 1786. An immediate success, it established Burnss poetic reputation, which has grown over two centuries to the point where he is not only the Scottish national poet but the object of a cult unique in British poetry.
The present volume contains 43 of his finest poems and songs, reprinted unabridged from an authoritative tenth-century edition. Included are The Twa Dogs, a deft satire of the Scottish upper classes; To a Mouse, one of the poets best known, most charming works; Address to the Unco Guid, an attack on Puritan hypocrisy; Holy Willies Prayer, one of the great verse-satires of all times; as well as such favorites as The Cotters Saturday Night, To a Mountain Daisy, The Holy Fair, Address to the Deil, The Death and Dying Words of Poor Mailie, and many more.
In addition to his poetic undertakings, Burns almost single-handedly preserved and revived the traditional Scottish song, and this volume includes a rich selection of these works: A Red, Red Rose, Auld Lang Syne, Comin thro the Rye, My Hearts in the Highlands, My Love, Shes But a Lassie Yet, and a host of others.
This page gives details of some of the significant volumes in the Library's collections relating to Robert Burns's work and other writings — many of them first editions. If you would like to know more about how, why and where Robert Burns's work was published, the Egerer volume is a detailed and wonderful resource that describes the poet's printed output. We have given the reference number for books covered by Egerer. The list maps early printed material by Burns. It is an exciting voyage of discovery, and shows how Burns's work spread over the globe as more and more publishers produced editions of the verse of Scotland's national poet. Published in Kilmarnock by John Wilson in , it is known as 'the Kilmarnock edition'. Published in Edinburgh by William Creech in
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