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FRONT PAGE  |  9/21/2017
MONDAY, JAN 26, 2009  |  7 comments
Thousands gather to celebrate birthday of Robert Burns
THEY came in their thousands to celebrate the birthday of one of Scotland's most famous sons.

Gathering in churches, parading through the streets and feasting on haggis, neeps and tatties, crowds joined together to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns.

Events were held across Burns country to toast the Bard and kick off Homecoming 2009, a series of events throughout the year that, it is hoped, will prove a much needed tonic to the Scottish economy


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News Item1/27/09 12:26 PM
Nessie  Find all comments by Nessie
Neil wrote:
Some online sources say that poem reflected Burns's antagonism to Calvinism, & not merely religious hypocrisy.
Yep
He was definately one of Arminius's bairns.
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News Item1/27/09 11:42 AM
DJC49 | Florida  Contact via emailFind all comments by DJC49
Mike wrote:
Yup, especially that there singin' and dancin's the stuff of sin.
Speaking of dancin' ... check out this YouTube!
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News Item1/27/09 11:06 AM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Free Willie's Poem wrote:
"Holy Willie's prayer" is a poem that was written about a certain Willie Fisher who was an elder in the Parish church of Mauchline, in Ayrshire. Fisher was a hypocrite"

O Lord, Thou kens what zeal I bear,
When drinkers drink, an' swearers swear,
An' singing here, an' dancin there,
(Robert Burns)

Yup, especially that there singin' and dancin's the stuff of sin.
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News Item1/27/09 11:04 AM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Some online sources say that poem reflected Burns's antagonism to Calvinism, & not merely religious hypocrisy.
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News Item1/27/09 8:40 AM
Free Willie's Poem  Find all comments by Free Willie's Poem
"Holy Willie's prayer" is a poem that was written about a certain Willie Fisher who was an elder in the Parish church of Mauchline, in Ayrshire. Fisher was a hypocrite"

[Must hae bin yon Arminius Loons!]

"O Thou, that in the heavens does dwell,
As it pleases best Thysel',
Sends aen to Heaven an' ten to Hell,
For Thy glory,
And no for onie or ill
They've done afore Thee!

I bless and praise Thy matchless might,
When thousands Thou hast left in night,
That I am here afore Thy sight,
For gifts an' grace
A burning and a shining light
To a' this place.

What was I, or my generation,
That I should get sic exaltation?
I wha deserv'd most just damnation
For broken laws,
Six thousand years 'ere my creation,
Thro' Adam's cause.

When from my mither's womb I fell,
Thou might hae plung'd me deep in hell,
To gnash my gums, and weep and wail,
In burnin lakes,
Where damned devils roar and yell,
Chain'd to their stakes.

Yet I am here a chosen sample,
To show thy grace is great and ample;
I'm here a pillar o' Thy temple,
Strong as a rock,
A guide, a buckler, and example,
To a' Thy flock.

O Lord, Thou kens what zeal I bear,
When drinkers drink, an' swearers swear,
An' singing here, an' dancin there,
(Robert Burns)

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News Item1/26/09 6:34 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
"Gathering in churches, parading through the streets and feasting on haggis, neeps and tatties, crowds joined together to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns."

Feasting and haggis. Two words in conflict.

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News Item1/26/09 5:21 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
"He had little regular schooling and got much of his education from his father, who taught his children reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, and history and also wrote for them A Manual Of Christian Belief."

Evidently though, not all of this Manual sank in:
"His casual love affairs did not endear him to the elders of the local kirk and created for him a reputation for dissoluteness amongst his neighbours."

Robert Burns

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