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To A Mouse

Rating: 3.7
Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee
Wi' murd'ring pattle!

I'm truly sorry man's dominion,
Has broken nature's social union,
An' justifies that ill opinion,
What makes thee startle
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COMMENTS
Helen Serrick 03 September 2020
Och but he was sich a grand humanitarian. I hope tae meet him one day! ! !
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Chinedu Dike 28 October 2019
An insightful creation written in persuasive expressions with conviction.......................................
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Adeeb Alfateh 04 July 2019
'm truly sorry man's dominion, Has broken nature's social union, An' justifies that ill opinion, What makes thee startle At me, thy poor, earth-born companion, An' fellow-mortal! its' a great expression great 10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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victor sinclair 28 January 2019
Rember reading this poem in school, many years ago and the teacher had to explain most of the words as we had no idea what it meant. I understood the message in the poem but reading it again after 60 years I still dont kow what half of the words mean. I am not trying to put Rabi down as I am sure he was a genius and probably the best scottish poet ever.
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Carol DeAngelis 05 October 2018
Here the poet brings us to a different perspective. We see the ironies of life that face all.... great and small. So precious!
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Ruta Mohapatra 20 April 2018
' The present only toucheth thee'.........wise mouse!
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Peter Hill 01 February 2018
I love this poem, it has given me such inspiration over the years.
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Kenneth Bowen 30 June 2016
The audio rendition of To a Mouse is absolutely horrendous. The reader spells word contractions instead of pronouncing the shortened word. For example, wi is spelled out as N A, instead of pronounced wi as in with. I expected a true Scottish rendition instead of some amateurish attempt. Additionally, the reader knows nothing about reading poetry. You should really remove the audio. It's embarrassing.
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Bill Wright 17 April 2016
As a schoolboy in Scotland the works of Burns featured heavily in our English lessons. This was always one of my favourites and I can still recite it from memory nearly 50 years later.
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Nancy Harris 23 September 2012
I remember my mother telling me this and many more of robby burns poems, but this was my favorate, brings back fond memorys
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