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On the need for Burns.
« on: July 12, 2017, 10:55:20 »
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Address To The Unco Guid, Or The Rigidly Righteous


1786
Type: Address

My Son, these maxims make a rule,
An' lump them aye thegither;
The Rigid Righteous is a fool,
The Rigid Wise anither:
The cleanest corn that ere was dight
May hae some pyles o' caff in;
So ne'er a fellow-creature slight
For random fits o' daffin.
Solomon.-Eccles. ch. vii. verse 16.

O ye wha are sae guid yoursel',
Sae pious and sae holy,
Ye've nought to do but mark and tell
Your neibours' fauts and folly!
Whase life is like a weel-gaun mill,
Supplied wi' store o' water;
The heaped happer's ebbing still,
An' still the clap plays clatter.

Hear me, ye venerable core,
As counsel for poor mortals
That frequent pass douce Wisdom's door
For glaikit Folly's portals:
I, for their thoughtless, careless sakes,
Would here propone defences-
Their donsie tricks, their black mistakes,
Their failings and mischances.

Ye see your state wi' theirs compared,
And shudder at the niffer;
But cast a moment's fair regard,
What maks the mighty differ;
Discount what scant occasion gave,
That purity ye pride in;
And (what's aft mair than a' the lave),
Your better art o' hidin.

Think, when your castigated pulse
Gies now and then a wallop!
What ragings must his veins convulse,
That still eternal gallop!
Wi' wind and tide fair i' your tail,
Right on ye scud your sea-way;
But in the teeth o' baith to sail,
It maks a unco lee-way.

See Social Life and Glee sit down,
All joyous and unthinking,
Till, quite transmugrified, they're grown
Debauchery and Drinking:
O would they stay to calculate
Th' eternal consequences;
Or your more dreaded hell to state,
Damnation of expenses!

Ye high, exalted, virtuous dames,
Tied up in godly laces,
Before ye gie poor Frailty names,
Suppose a change o' cases;
A dear-lov'd lad, convenience snug,
A treach'rous inclination-
But let me whisper i' your lug,
Ye're aiblins nae temptation.

Then gently scan your brother man,
Still gentler sister woman;
Tho' they may gang a kennin wrang,
To step aside is human:
One point must still be greatly dark, -
The moving Why they do it;
And just as lamely can ye mark,
How far perhaps they rue it.

Who made the heart, 'tis He alone
Decidedly can try us;
He knows each chord, its various tone,
Each spring, its various bias:
Then at the balance let's be mute,
We never can adjust it;
What's done we partly may compute,
But know not what's resisted.
"Wyrd bið ful aræd"

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Re: On the need for Burns.
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2017, 11:12:03 »
You had me confused with your title there Chris!  ;D

With all the forest fires in B.C., I thought this thread would be about the use of controlled burns to reduce the risks to forest bound municipalities and residences.

But you are right there is always a need to go back to the poet Burns, just like there is always a need to go back to the Bard, to understand the human soul.

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Re: On the need for Burns.
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2017, 14:09:06 »
funny all I was thinking was controlled burns as well, starting at NDHQ....... ;D

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Re: On the need for Burns.
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2017, 17:03:37 »
I was thinking.. first, second or third degree?  Who'd want those?   Maybe he means sideburns!   Apparently not, didn't see this coming. :)
I'm just like the CAF, I seem to have retention issues.

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Re: On the need for Burns.
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2017, 17:24:44 »
Confusion to the enemy!   [:D [cheers]
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Re: On the need for Burns.
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2017, 18:48:26 »
 :rofl: :salute:
I'm just like the CAF, I seem to have retention issues.

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Re: On the need for Burns.
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2017, 19:23:55 »

This posting made in accordance with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, section 2(b):
Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms: freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication
http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/charter/1.html

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Re: On the need for Burns.
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2017, 23:07:26 »
 :not-again:


Oooooh! Heathens.
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