Happy New Year

Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns 1788

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stoup!
and surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes,
and pou’d the gowans fine*;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
sin’ auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,
frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
sin’ auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
and gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak’ a right gude-willie waught,
for auld lang syne.

*and picked the daisies fine

Top photo John Masey Wright’s and John Rogers’ illustration of the poem, c. 1841

Author: Mary Jo Malo

Christian, mother, grandmother, and poet of occasional worth.

23 thoughts on “Happy New Year”

  1. I thought I remembered Rebecca Budd’s brother reading “Auld Lang Syne” on Tea Toast & Trivia. As just checked, and my memory was faulty. The reading was Burns’ “Address to a Haggis” read by Rebecca’s son. Ah, well, at least I got the poet right. https://teatoasttrivia.com/2020/01/25/season-2-episode-8-celebrating-robert-burns-address-to-a-haggis/ Happy New Year, Mary Jo! I look forward to reading more of your poetry to the coming year.

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