Robert Burns

(1759-1796 / Ayrshire / Scotland)

Auld Lang Syne - Poem by Robert Burns

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

Chorus - For auld land syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint stowp!
And surely I'll be mine!
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Chorus...

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.

Chorus...

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us briad hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne.

Chorus...

And there's a hand, my trusty fere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak' a right gude-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.

Chorus...


Comments about Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns

  • (2/23/2018 2:28:00 PM)


    Please interpret the phrase Auld Lang Syne (Report) Reply

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  • (4/25/2016 9:46:00 AM)


    Probably the most often sung song in the English language after Happy Birthday. Even Scots like me would have difficulty telling you what a few of the words mean exactly, but the gist of it is that good friendships last forever. (Report) Reply

  • (12/30/2015 9:14:00 AM)


    A lyrical poem that so interesting to recite in its own beauty. (Report) Reply

  • Esselebor Ebhojie (12/29/2015 3:03:00 AM)


    a passion that burns forever old acquaintances are like good wine getting better with age (Report) Reply

  • Naida Nepascua Supnet (7/14/2015 3:14:00 PM)


    We discuss this in our class and it was fun. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (7/14/2015 2:31:00 PM)


    Robert Burns was a well versed Scottish poet capable of performing nice lyrical poems as the present one! (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini (7/14/2015 1:37:00 PM)


    a great write.. a wonderful song.. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (7/14/2015 7:28:00 AM)


    I didn't know that the words to the popular song were taken from this poem by Robert Burns. The words to the song are slightly different, as I recall.
    As for the other verses, the reason nobody sings them:
    Nobody these days knows what they mean!
    (Report) Reply

  • (9/18/2014 5:24:00 AM)


    'Auld Lang Syne, ' a staple of the times as Robert Burns speaks from the grave. His song has touched many hearts. And without it, New Year's doesn't seem the song. What a beautiful song, full of harmony, memories and longing - Nostalgia. Wow! He'd be amazed to know... Thanks Mr. Burns. (Report) Reply

  • (9/18/2014 5:24:00 AM)


    'Auld Lang Syne, ' a staple of the times as Robert Burns speaks from the grave. His song has touched many hearts. And without it, New Year's doesn't seem the song. What a beautiful song, full of harmony, memories and longing - Nostalgia. Wow! He'd be amazed to know... Thanks Mr. Burns. (Report) Reply

  • (8/29/2014 4:36:00 PM)


    It's really nice finding the lyrics to the Happy New Year song.. (Report) Reply

  • (1/14/2011 8:40:00 AM)


    How many of us (including English!) have sung this at New Year without knowing that it was by Robert Burns. I was delighted to read the other verses - like most people I imagine I didn't know it had any. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 13, 2001

Poem Edited: Sunday, May 13, 2001


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