Robert Burns

(1759-1796 / Ayrshire / Scotland)

My Heart's In The Highlands

Poem by Robert Burns

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart's in the Highlands wherever I go.

Farewell to the mountains high covered with snow;
Farewell to the straths and green valleys below;
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods;
Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart's in the Highlands wherever I go.


Comments about My Heart's In The Highlands by Robert Burns

  • Roger (2/3/2020 4:05:00 PM)

    Rabbi Burns, what clan was he in?(Report)Reply

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  • lesya (8/26/2019 2:22:00 AM)

    wonderful, lovely poem, so is the translation in Ukrainian by M.Lukash
    if only you could see it)(Report)Reply

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  • lesya (8/26/2019 2:17:00 AM)

    wonderful, lovely, so is the translation by Lukash in Ukrainian, if you could enjoy it)(Report)Reply

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  • Janice howe (7/24/2019 1:30:00 PM)

    Beautiful....by oor bard Rabbie Burns 💞💞💞💞💞(Report)Reply

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  • julian flores (4/30/2019 4:02:00 PM)

    does anyone know what type of poem this is?(Report)Reply

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  • John Dapolito (4/28/2019 9:01:00 PM)

    I feel the poet is asking us to take a leap of imagination into the realm of the heavens. " Highlands" though it may be a physical place, it is also one of the ethereal realms. His love abundant there, no matter where he goes. His chasing the deer suggests a folly, a unity, and even a dance with nature so pure. There is much here. I've said enough. :)(Report)Reply

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  • Prabir GayenPrabir Gayen (2/7/2019 9:33:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem....//////////(Report)Reply

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  • Platon (9/4/2018 8:36:00 AM)

    A great poem, but this crappy electronic voice... it would be better I never heard it, especially reading a poem!(Report)Reply

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  • Debilas (5/16/2018 2:18:00 AM)

    This is shit(Report)Reply

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  • Jeffry Morrison (4/8/2018 1:08:00 PM)

    This is a great poem and It really inspires me to go to the highlands and write a poem myself(Report)Reply

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  • Eileen Campbell (1/20/2018 2:34:00 PM)

    A beautiful, emotional poem, . I just want to be there.(Report)Reply

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  • Bill Wright (10/2/2016 10:38:00 AM)

    One of Burns simpler poems. It is slightly hypothetical because being a Lowland Scot Burns would very rarely visit the Highlands. His heart might be there but his body seldom was!(Report)Reply

    John Bergstrom(1/13/2018 11:26:00 AM)

    It could be taken superficially as sentimental nostalgia. But it would be better to read it like The Lake Isle of Innisfree - the dream of a better place that we all feel, walking these pavements grey. As long as we don't take it literally.

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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (5/10/2015 2:25:00 PM)

    A man after my own heart. I love the highlands also, and I enjoy most of Robbie's poems. This one is no exception.(Report)Reply

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  • Paul ReedPaul Reed (5/10/2015 7:30:00 AM)

    The love of places is a great source of inspiration for poetry(Report)Reply

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (5/10/2015 3:37:00 AM)

    Beautiful train of thoughts, well articulated and nicely penned with conviction. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Andrew Matthews (2/6/2009 12:16:00 PM)

    I love all of rabbie's stuff, but this is by far my favourite of them, my hearts up there too.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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