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Poems and Letters of Robert Burns: On the Bicentenary of His Birth

Poems and Letters of Robert Burns: On the Bicentenary of His Birth

Robert Burns (1759–1796) is considered by many to be the national poet of Scotland. A pioneer in the literary Romantic era, Burns wrote in English, the Scots language, and in English with a slight Scot dialect. His most famous poem, “Auld Lang Syne,” was based on an old Scottish folksong and enhanced with additional verses he composed. In this album, recorded on the bicentennial of Burns’ birth, Maxwell Dunbar reads some of Burns’ poems and letters, including “Ode to a Mouse” (“The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men, Gang aft agley”), his narrative poem “Tam O’Shanter,” and “Address to an Illegitimate Child,” probably written to his daughter Elisabeth. The liner notes contain a biography of Burns and a glossary of Scottish words.

Track Listing

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The Simple Bard Max Dunbar 0:21
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To a Mouse Max Dunbar 2:03
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Is There for Honest Poverty Max Dunbar 1:37
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The Selkirk Grace Max Dunbar 0:16
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To a Haggis Max Dunbar 1:49
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To a Louse Max Dunbar 2:00
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The Rigs O'Barley Max Dunbar 1:22
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Address to an Illegitimate Child Max Dunbar 1:37
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To Mrs. Riddel Max Dunbar 1:27
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To Miss Kennedy Max Dunbar 1:49
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To Mrs. Dunlop Max Dunbar 1:51
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On John Bushby Max Dunbar 0:13
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There's Nought but Care Max Dunbar 1:10
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First When Maggy Was My Care Max Dunbar 0:42
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Tibbie Dunbar Max Dunbar 0:28
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Ae Fond Kiss Max Dunbar 1:12
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Highland Mary Max Dunbar 1:26
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Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation Max Dunbar 1:07
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Address to the Unco Guid Max Dunbar 2:48
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Bruce to His Men at Bannockburn Max Dunbar 1:03
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Tam' O'Shanter Max Dunbar 10:19

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