Poems and Songs of Robert Burns



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Introductory Note

1771 -1779

Song - Handsome Nell
Song - O Tibbie, I Hae Seen The Day
Song - I Dream'd I Lay
Song - In The Character Of A Ruined Farmer
Tragic Fragment - All villain as I am
The Tarbolton Lasses
Ah, Woe Is Me, My Mother Dear
Song - Montgomerie's Peggy
The Ploughman's Life


The Ronalds Of The Bennals
Song - Here's To Thy Health
Song - The Lass Of Cessnock Banks
Song - Bonie Peggy Alison
Song - Mary Morison


Winter: A Dirge
A Prayer, Under The Pressure Of Violent Anguish
Paraphrase Of The First Psalm
The First Six Verses Of The Ninetieth Psalm Versified
Prayer, In The Prospect Of Death
Stanzas, On The Same Occasion


Fickle Fortune: A Fragment
Song - Raging Fortune - Fragment Of
I'll Go And Be A Sodger
Song - "No Churchman Am I"
My Father Was A Farmer
John Barleycorn: A Ballad


Death And Dying Words Of Poor Mailie
Poor Mailie's Elegy
Song - The Rigs O' Barley
Song Composed In August
Song - My Nanie, O!
Song - Green Grow The Rashes
Song - Wha Is That At My Bower-Door


Remorse: A Fragment
Epitaph On Wm. Hood, Senr., In Tarbolton
Epitaph On James Grieve, Laird Of Boghead, Tarbolton
Epitaph On My Own Friend And My Father's Friend, Wm. Muir In Tarbolton Mill

Epitaph On My Ever Honoured Father
Ballad On The American War
Reply To An Announcement By J. Rankine
Epistle To John Rankine
A Poet's Welcome To His Love-Begotten Daughter
Song - O Leave Novels!
The Mauchline Lady: A Fragment
My Girl She's Airy: A Fragment
The Belles Of Mauchline
Epitaph On A Noisy Polemic
Epitaph On A Henpecked Country Squire
Epigram On The Said Occasion
Another On The said Occasion
On Tam The Chapman
Epitaph On John Rankine

Lines On The Author's Death
Man Was Made To Mourn: A Dirge
The Twa Herds; Or, The Holy Tulyie


Epistle To Davie, A Brother Poet
Holy Willie's Prayer
Epitaph On Holy Willie
Death and Doctor Hornbook
Epistle To J. Lapraik, An Old Scottish Bard
Second Epistle To J. Lapraik
Epistle To William Simson
One Night As I Did Wander
Tho' Cruel Fate Should Bid Us Part
Song - Rantin', Rovin' Robin
Elegy On The Death Of Robert Ruisseaux
Epistle To John Goldie, In Kilmarnock
The Holy Fair
Third Epistle To J. Lapraik
Epistle To The Rev. John M'math
Second Epistle to Davie
Song-Young Peggy Blooms
Song-Farewell To Ballochmyle
Fragment-Her Flowing Locks
To A Mouse
Epitaph On John Dove, Innkeeper
Epitaph For James Smith
Adam Armour's Prayer
The Jolly Beggars: A Cantata
Song - For A' That
Song - Merry Hae I Been Teethin A Heckle
The Cotter's Saturday Night
Address To The Deil
Scotch Drink


The Auld Farmer's New-Year-Morning Salutation To His Auld Mare, Maggie
The Twa Dogs
The Author's Earnest Cry And Prayer
The Ordination
Epistle To James Smith
The Vision
Suppressed Stanza's Of "The Vision"
The Rantin' Dog, The Daddie O't
Here's His Health In Water
Address To The Unco Guid, Or The Rigidly Righteous
The Inventory
To John Kennedy, Dumfries House
To Mr. M'Adam, Of Craigen-Gillan
To A Louse
Inscribed On A Work Of Hannah More's
Song, Composed In Spring
To A Mountain Daisy
To Ruin
The Lament
Despondency: An Ode
To Gavin Hamilton, Esq., Mauchline, Recommending a Boy
Versified Reply To An Invitation
Song - Will Ye Go To The Indies, My Mary?

My Highland Lassie, O
Epistle To A Young Friend
Address Of Beelzebub
A Dream
A Dedication To Gavin Hamilton, Esq.
Versified Note To Dr. Mackenzie, Mauchline
The Farewell To the Brethren of St. James' Lodge, Tarbolton
On A Scotch Bard, Gone To The West Indies
Song - Farewell To Eliza
A Bard's Epitaph
Epitaph For Robert Aiken, Esq.
Epitaph For Gavin Hamilton, Esq.
Epitaph On "Wee Johnie
The Lass O' Ballochmyle
Lines To An Old Sweetheart
Motto Prefixed To The Author's First Publication
Lines To Mr. John Kennedy
Lines Written On A Banknote
Stanzas On Naething
The Farewell
The Calf
Nature's Law-A Poem
Song-Willie Chalmers
Reply To A Trimming Epistle Received From A Tailor
The Brigs Of Ayr
Fragment Of Song
Epigram On Rough Roads
Prayer-O Thou Dread Power
Song - Farewell To The Banks Of Ayr
Address To The Toothache
Lines On Meeting With Lord Daer
Masonic Song
Tam Samson's Elegy
Epistle To Major Logan
Fragment On Sensibility
A Winter Night
Song-Yon Wild Mossy Mountains
Address To Edinburgh
Address To A Haggis


To Miss Logan, With Beattie's Poems, For A New-Year's Gift, Jan. 1, 1787
Mr. William Smellie-A Sketch
Rattlin', Roarin' Willie

Song-Bonie Dundee
Extempore In The Court Of Session
Inscribed Under Fergusson's Portrait
Epistle To Mrs. Scott of Wauchope-House
Verses Intended To Be Written Below A Noble Earl's Picture
Prologue, Spoken by Mr. Woods at Edinburgh
Song - The Bonie Moor-Hen
Song - My Lord A-Hunting he is gane
Epigram At Roslin Inn
The Book-Worms
On Elphinstone's Translation Of Martial's Epigrams
Song-A Bottle And Friend
Lines Written Under The Picture Of The Celebrated Miss Burns
Epitaph For William Nicol, Of The High School, Edinburgh
Epitaph For Mr. William Michie
Boat song-Hey, Ca' Thro'
Address To Wm. Tytler, Esq., Of Woodhouselee
Epigram To Miss Ainslie In Church
Burlesque Lament For The Absence Of William Creech' s Absence
Note To Mr. Renton Of Lamerton
Elegy On "Stella"
The Bard At Inverary
Epigram To Miss Jean Scott
On The Death Of John M'Leod, Esq
Elegy On The Death Of Sir James Hunter Blair
Impromptu On Carron Iron Works
To Miss Ferrier
Written By Somebody On The Window Of an Inn at Stirling
The Poet's Reply To The Threat Of A Censorious Critic
The Libeller's Self-Reproof
Verses Written With A Pencil at the Inn at Kenmore
Song-The Birks Of Aberfeldy
The Humble Petition Of Bruar Water
Lines On The Fall Of Fyers Near Loch-Ness
Epigram On Parting With A Kind Host In The Highlands
Song - Strathallan's Lament
Song - Lady Onlie, Honest Lucky
Song - Theniel Menzies' Bonie Mary
The Bonie Lass Of Albany
On Scaring Some Water-Fowl In Loch-Turit
Song - Blythe Was She
Song - A Rose-Bud By My Early Walk
Epitaph For Mr. W. Cruikshank
Song - The Banks Of The Devon

Song - Braving Angry Winter's Storms
Song - My Peggy's Charms
Song - The Young Highland Rover
Birthday Ode For 31st December, 1787
On The Death Of Robert Dundas, Esq., Of Arniston
Sylvander To Clarinda


Song - Love In The Guise Of Friendship
Song - Go On, Sweet Bird, And Sooth My Care
Song - Clarinda, Mistress Of My Soul
Song - I'm O'er Young To Marry Yet
Song - To The Weavers Gin Ye Go
Song - M'Pherson's Farewell
Song - Stay My Charmer
Song - My Hoggie
Song - Raving Winds Around Her Blowing
Song - Up In The Morning Early
Song - How Long And Dreary Is The Night
Song - Hey, The Dusty Miller
Song - Duncan Davison
Song - The Lad They Ca'Jumpin John
Song - Talk Of Him That's Far Awa
Song - To Daunton Me
Song - The Winter It Is Past
Song - The Bonie Lad That's Far Awa
Verses To Clarinda, with Drinking Glasses
Song - The Chevalier's Lament
Epistle To Hugh Parker
Song - Of A' The Airts The Wind Can Blaw
Song - I Hae a Wife O' My Ain
Lines Written In Friars'-Carse Hermitage
To Alex. Cunningham, ESQ., Writer, Edinburgh
Song.-Anna, Thy Charms
The Fete Champetre
Epistle To Robert Graham, Esq., Of Fintry
Song.-The Day Returns
Song.-O, Were I On Parnassus Hill
A Mother's Lament
Song - The Fall Of The Leaf
Song - I Reign In Jeanie's Bosom
Song - It Is Na, Jean, Thy Bonie Face

Song - Auld Lang Syne

Song - My Bonie Mary
Written In Friars Carse Hermitage (Second Version)
The Poet's Progress
Elegy On The Year 1788
The Henpecked Husband
Versicles On Sign-Posts


Robin Shure In Hairst
Ode, Sacred To The Memory Of Mrs. Oswald Of Auchencruive
Pegasus At Wanlockhead
Sappho Redivivus-A Fragment
Song-She's Fair And Fause
Impromptu Lines To Captain Riddell
Lines To John M'Murdo, Esq. Of Drumlanrig
Caledonia-A Ballad
Beware O' Bonie Ann
Ode On The Departed Regency Bill
Epistle To James Tennant Of Glenconner
A New Psalm For The Chapel Of Kilmarnock
Sketch In Verse Inscribed to the Right Hon. C. J. Fox
The Wounded Hare
Delia, An Ode
Song - The Gard'ner Wi' His Paidle
Song - On A Bank Of Flowers
Song - Young Jockie Was The Blythest Lad
Song - The Banks Of Nith
Song - Jamie, Come Try Me
Song - I Love My Love In Secret
Song - Sweet Tibbie Dunbar
Song - The Captain's Lady
Song - John Anderson, My Jo
Song - My Love, She's But A Lassie Yet
Song - Tam Glen
Song - Carle, An The King Come
Song - The Laddie's Dear Sel'
Song - Whistle O'er The Lave O't
Song - My Eppie Adair
On The Late Captain Grose's Peregrinations Thro' Scotland
Epigram On Francis Grose The Antiquary
The Kirk Of Scotland's Alarm
Sonnet to Robert Graham, Esq., On Receiving A Favour
Extemporaneous Effusion On being appointed to an Excise division
Song - Willie Brew'd A Peck O' Maut
Song - Ca' The Yowes To The Knowes
Song - I Gaed A Waefu' Gate Yestreen
Song - Highland Harry Back Again
Song - The Battle Of Sherramuir
Song - The Braes O' Killiecrankie
Song - Awa' Whigs, Awa'
Song - A Waukrife Minnie
Song - The Captive Ribband
Song - My Heart's In The Highlands
The Whistle-A Ballad
Song - To Mary In Heaven
Epistle To Dr. Blacklock
The Five Carlins
Election Ballad For Westerha'
Prologue Spoken At The Theatre Of Dumfries


Sketch-New Year's Day [1790]
Scots' Prologue For Mr. Sutherland
Lines To A Gentleman
Elegy On Willie Nicol's Mare
Song - The Gowden Locks Of Anna
Song - I Murder Hate
Song - Gudewife, Count The Lawin
Election Ballad At the close of the contest for representing the Dumfries Burghs, 1790.
Elegy On Captain Matthew Henderson
The Epitaph on Captain Matthew Henderson
Verses On Captain Grose

Tam O' Shanter: A Tale

On The Birth Of A Posthumous Child
Elegy On The Late Miss Burnet Of Monboddo


Lament Of Mary, Queen Of Scots, On The Approach Of Spring
There'll Never Be Peace Till Jamie Comes Hame
Song - Out Over The Forth
The Banks O' Doon (First Version)
The Banks O' Doon (Second Version)
The Banks O' Doon (Third Version)

Lament For James, Earl Of Glencairn
Lines Sent To Sir John Whiteford, Bart
Song - Craigieburn Wood

Song - The Bonie Wee Thing
Epigram On Miss Davies
Song - The Charms Of Lovely Davies
Song - What Can A Young Lassie Do Wi' An Auld Man
Song - The Posie
On Glenriddell's Fox Breaking His Chain
Poem On Pastoral Poetry
Verses On The Destruction Of The Woods Near Drumlanrig
Song - The Gallant Weaver
Epigram At Brownhill Inn
Song - You're Welcome, Willie Stewart
Song - Lovely Polly Stewart
Song - Fragment,-Damon And Sylvia
Song - Fragment - Johnie Lad, Cock Up Your Beaver
Song - My Eppie Macnab
Song - Fragment - Altho' He Has Left Me
Song - O For Ane An' Twenty, Tam
Song - Thou Fair Eliza
Song - My Bonie Bell
Song - Sweet Afton
Address To The Shade Of Thomson
Song - Nithsdale's Welcome Hame
Song - Frae The Friends And Land I Love
Song - Such A Parcel Of Rogues In A Nation
Song - Ye Jacobites By Name
Song - I Hae Been At Crookieden
Epistle To John Maxwell, ESQ., Of Terraughty
Second Epistle To Robert Graham, ESQ., Of Fintry
The Song Of Death
Poem On Sensibility
Epigram - The Toadeater
Epigram - Divine Service In The Kirk Of Lamington
Epigram - The Keekin'-Glass
A Grace Before Dinner
A Grace After Dinner
Song - O May, Thy Morn
Song - Ae Fond Kiss, And Then We Sever
Song - Behold The Hour, The Boat, Arrive
Song - Thou Gloomy December
Song - My Native Land Sae Far Awa


Song - I do Confess Thou Art Sae Fair
Lines On Fergusson, The Poet

Song - The Weary Pund O' Tow
Song - When She Cam' Ben She Bobbed
Song - Scroggam, My Dearie
Song - My Collier Laddie
Song - Sic A Wife As Willie Had
Song - Lady Mary Ann
Song - Kellyburn Braes
Song - The Slave's Lament
Song - O Can Ye Labour Lea?
Song - The Deuks Dang O'er My Daddie
Song - The Deil's Awa Wi' The Exciseman
Song - The Country Lass
Song - Bessy And Her Spinnin' Wheel
Song - Fragment - Love For Love
Song - Saw Ye Bonie Lesley
Song - Fragment Of Song
Song - I'll Meet Thee On The Lea Rig
Song - My Wife's A Winsome Wee Thing
Song - Highland Mary
Song - Auld Rob Morris
The Rights Of Woman - Spoken by Miss Fontenelle
Extempore On Some Commemorations Of Thomson
Song - Duncan Gray
Song - A Health To Them That's Awa
A Tippling Ballad - When Princes and Prelates


Song - Poortith Cauld And Restless Love
Epigram On Politics
Song - Braw Lads O' Galla Water
Sonnet Written On The Author's Birthday
Song - Wandering Willie
Wandering Willie (Revised Version)
Lord Gregory: A Ballad
Song - Open The Door To Me, Oh
Song - Lovely Young Jessie
Song - Meg O' The Mill
Song - Meg O' The Mill (Another Version)

The Soldier's Return: A Ballad
Epigram - The True Loyal Natives
Epigram - On Commissary Goldie's Brains
Lines Inscribed In A Lady's Pocket Almanac
Epigram - Thanksgiving For A National Victory

Epigram - The Raptures Of Folly
Epigram - Kirk and State Excisemen
Extempore Reply To An Invitation
A Grace After Meat
Grace Before And After Meat
Impromptu On General Dumourier's Desertion From The French Republican Army
Song - The Last Time I Came O'er The Moor
Song - Logan Braes
Song - Blythe Hae I been On Yon Hill
Song - O Were My Love Yon Lilac Fair
Bonie Jean - A Ballad
Lines On John M'Murdo, ESQ.
Epitaph On A Lap-Dog
Epigrams Against The Earl Of Galloway
Epigram On The Laird Of Laggan
Song - Phillis The Fair
Song - Had I A Cave
Song - By Allan Stream
Song - Whistle, And I'll Come To You, My Lad
Song - Phillis The Queen O' The Fair
Song - Come, Let Me Take Thee To My Breast
Song - Dainty Davie
Song - Robert Bruce's March To Bannockburn
Song - Behold The Hour, The Boat Arrive
Song - Down The Burn, Davie
Song - Thou Hast Left Me Ever, Jamie
Song - Where Are The Joys I have Met?
Song - Deluded Swain, The Pleasure
Song - Thine Am I, My Faithful Fair
Song - My Spouse Nancy
Address Spoken by Miss Fontenelle
Complimentary Epigram On Maria Riddell


Remorseful Apology
Song - Wilt Thou Be My Dearie?
Song - A Fiddler In The North
The Minstrel At Lincluden
A Vision
Song - A Red, Red Rose
Song - Young Jamie, Pride Of A' The Plain
Song - The Flowery Banks Of Cree
Monody On a lady famed for her Caprice
The Epitaph On the Same
Epigram Pinned To Mrs. Walter Riddell's Carriage
Epitaph For Mr. Walter Riddell
Epistle From Esopus To Maria
Epitaph On A Noted Coxcomb
Sonnet On The Death Of Robert Riddell
Song - The Lovely Lass O' Inverness
Song - Charlie, He's My Darling
Song - Bannocks O' Bear Meal
Song - The Highland Balou
The Highland Widow's Lament
Song - It Was A' For Our Rightfu' King
Ode For General Washington's Birthday
Inscription To Miss Graham Of Fintry
Song - On The Seas And Far Away
Song - Ca' The Yowes To The Knowes
Song - She Says She Loes Me Best Of A'
To The Beautiful Miss Eliza J-N On her Principles of Liberty and Equality
On Chloris Requesting me to give her a Spring of Blossomed Thorn.
On Seeing Mrs. Kemble In Yarico
Epigram On A Country Laird (Cardoness)
Epigram On A Suicide
Epigram On A Swearing Coxcomb
Epigram On An Innkeeper Nicknamed (The Marquis)
Epigram On Andrew Turner
Song - Pretty Peg
Esteem For Chloris
Song - Saw Ye My Dear, My Philly
Song - How Lang And Dreary Is The Night
Song - Inconstancy In Love
The Lover's Morning Salute To His Mistress
Song - The Winter Of Life
Song - Behold, My Love, How Green The Groves
Song - The Charming Month Of May
Song - Lassie Wi' The Lint-White Locks
Dialogue song-Philly And Willy
Song - Contented Wi' Little And Cantie Wi' Mair
Song - Farewell Thou Stream
Song - Canst Thou Leave Me Thus, My Katie
Song - My Nanie's Awa
Song - The Tear-Drop - Wae is my heart
Song - For The Sake O' Somebody


Song - A Man's A Man For A' That
The Solemn League And Covenant
Epitaph For Mr. Gabriel Richardson
Epigram On Mr. James Gracie
Song - Bonie Peg-a-Ramsay
Inscription At Friars' Carse Hermitage
Song - Fragment - There Was A Bonie Lass
Song - Fragment - Wee Willie Gray
Song - O Aye My Wife She Dang Me
Song - Gude Ale Keeps The Heart Aboon
Song - O Steer Her Up An' Haud Her Gaun
Song - The Lass O' Ecclefechan
Song - O Let Me In Thes Ae Night
Song - I'll Aye Ca' In By Yon Town
Ballads on Mr. Heron's Election- Ballad First
Ballads on Mr. Heron's Election- Ballad Second
Ballads on Mr. Heron's Election- Ballad Third
Inscription For An Altar Of Independence
Song - The Cardin O't, The Spinnin O't
Song - The Cooper O' Cuddy
Song - The Lass That Made The Bed To Me
Song - Had I The Wyte? She Bade Me
Song - Does Haughty Gaul Invasion Threat?
Song - Address To The Woodlark
Song - On Chloris Being Ill
Song - How Cruel Are The Parents
Song - 'Twas Na Her Bonie Blue E'e
Song - Their Groves O'Sweet Myrtle
Song - Forlorn, My Love, No Comfort Near
Song - Fragment,-Why, Why Tell The Lover
Song - The Braw Wooer
Song - This Is No My Ain Lassie
Song - O Bonie Was Yon Rosy Brier
Song - Song Inscribed To Alexander Cunningham
Song - O That's The Lassie O' My Heart

Song - Fragment.-The Wren's Nest
Song - News, Lassies, News
Song - Crowdie Ever Mair
Song - Mally's Meek, Mally's Sweet
Song - Jockey's Taen The Parting Kiss
Verses To Collector Mitchell


The Dean Of Faculty
Epistle To Colonel De Peyster
Song - A Lass Wi' A Tocher
Song - The Trogger
Complimentary Versicles To Jessie Lewars
1. The Toast
2. The Menagerie
3. Jessie's illness
4. On Her Recovery

Song - O Lay Thy Loof In Mine, Lass
Song - A Health To Ane I Loe Dear
Song - O Wert Thou In The Cauld Blast
Inscription To Miss Jessy Lewars
Song - Fairest Maid On Devon Banks


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