Treasure Island

Robert Burns

(1759-1796 / Ayrshire / Scotland)

A Bard's Epitaph


Is there a whim-inspired fool,
Owre fast for thought, owre hot for rule,
Owre blate to seek, owre proud to snool,
Let him draw near;
And owre this grassy heap sing dool,
And drap a tear.

Is there a bard of rustic song,
Who, noteless, steals the crowds among,
That weekly this area throng,
O, pass not by!
But, with a frater-feeling strong,
Here, heave a sigh.

Is there a man, whose judgment clear
Can others teach the course to steer,
Yet runs, himself, life's mad career,
Wild as the wave,
Here pause-and, thro' the starting tear,
Survey this grave.

The poor inhabitant below
Was quick to learn the wise to know,
And keenly felt the friendly glow,
And softer flame;
But thoughtless follies laid him low,
And stain'd his name!

Reader, attend! whether thy soul
Soars fancy's flights beyond the pole,
Or darkling grubs this earthly hole,
In low pursuit:
Know, prudent, cautious, self-control
Is wisdom's root.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: song, running

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A Bard's Epitaph by Robert Burns )

Enter the verification code :

  • Vidyut Chakraborty (9/3/2011 12:52:00 PM)

    KNOW PRUDENT...
    What to state about this Great
    To-days Run is race of rage-
    Global Warmimg and Global Village.
    Bards are dying in Melting craze
    Burns balmed them centuries ahead.
    Larks are extinct Love is brewed
    'Know prudent, cautious, self-control
    Is wisdom's root.' (Report) Reply

Read all 2 comments »

New Poems

  1. Idle mind at rest, hasmukh amathalal
  2. Against nature, gajanan mishra
  3. Train, Foster Teegarden
  4. Inspiration (Haiku), Toshie Nohara
  5. Rain In Summer, Neela Nath
  6. Friendship is made by God, gajanan mishra
  7. Friend, JAMES T. ADAIR
  8. You'll Never Know, Akhtar Jawad
  9. Resource less, hasmukh amathalal
  10. Teaching - A Satisfying Experience, Joseph T. Renaldi

Poem of the Day

poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When the hours of Day are numbered,
And the voices of the Night
Wake the better soul, that slumbered,
To a holy, calm delight;

Ere the evening lamps are lighted,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

 

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  5. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  6. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  7. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  8. No Man Is An Island, John Donne
  9. Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost
  10. Touched by an Angel, Maya Angelou

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]