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

  • (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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  • (5/16/2018 2:18:00 AM)


    This is shit (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • (1/20/2018 2:34:00 PM)


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

  • (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

    (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.

  • Kim 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

  • Paul Reed (5/10/2015 7:30:00 AM)


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

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


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

  • (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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