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Burns Supper

By brownsilent
Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o' the pudding-race!
Aboon them a' yet tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o'a grace
As lang's my arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin was help to mend a mill
In time o'need,
While thro' your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.

His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An' cut you up wi' ready sleight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like ony ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin', rich!

Then, horn for horn, they stretch an' strive:
Deil tak the hindmost! on they drive,
Till a' their weel-swall'd kytes belyve
Are bent like drums;
Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
Bethankit! hums.

Is there that owre his French ragout
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad make her spew
Wi' perfect sconner,
Looks down wi' sneering, scornfu' view
On sic a dinner?

Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
As feckles as wither'd rash,
His spindle shank, a guid whip-lash;
His nieve a nit;
Thro' blody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!

But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread.
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He'll mak it whissle;
An' legs an' arms, an' hands will sned,
Like taps o' trissle.

Ye Pow'rs, wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o' fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu' prayer
Gie her a haggis!

Happy Burns Day to all! Enjoy yer Haggis wi' neeps 'n tatties and a wee dram!

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1913 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 10:06AM
A vote for Burns! We'll be doing this for half the street this evening, I have the neeps and tatties cooking even as I type; I have one neighbour detailed to make the broth, another is doing cranachan...
Not sure that there's going to be time to take any pictures though. You could have corrected the poor lady's red eyes though!

Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit.

(The Selkirk grace)


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woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 10:19AM
Our 'rustic Labour' is also actually a labouress: Moira is safer than me with a carving knife especially when I am piping in the haggis and delivering the Ode . . .

If I had to cut the haggis Moira would be

Gathering her brows like gathering storm
And nursing her wrath to keep it warm

Happy Burns' Night Johanna!!!

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
25 Jan 2013 10:31AM
Not keen on haggis myself, Johanna Sad. Do I hear groans from all the Scots here on ePZ GrinGrin Have a great celebration. Carol
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
25 Jan 2013 10:34AM
Hope you have a great night Johanna-- but go easy on the drams!!!
25 Jan 2013 11:02AM
Marvellous tribute to the Bard Johanna, hard to imagine it done better.

lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
25 Jan 2013 12:19PM
Can't stand haggis but I like the way she is stabbing it with her knife
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
25 Jan 2013 1:07PM
She's cut a gaping hole in it. I've never tasted it. But it seems a fun celebration......Sandy
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 1:23PM
Never tried Haggis dont fancy it at all - good shot Joanna have fun on this Burns night
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
25 Jan 2013 3:36PM
Love haggis Smile Smile
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 4:52PM
oh yes haggis for me johanna Wink
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 5:22PM
@Moira: I decided to leave Betty with her red eyes, thought she looked more fierce - as she is a soft-soul! Smile
@Ann: How can you say you don't like haggis, if you haven't tried it? You missed something in your life! Tongue
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
25 Jan 2013 5:39PM
Had lunch uptown today, and this week on the menu in the pub they've had haggis, tatties and neeps or highland burger. I had the burger, which was in a bun with haggis layered on top of the burger, and onion rings on top of was delicious! Smile
A super capture here, Johanna, and that lady looks to have had great pleasure in stabbing the haggis to death! Wink
Trev Smile
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
25 Jan 2013 5:49PM
Norwegians cannot imagine eating haggis - we stick with lutefisk Wink

danbrann Plus
13 637 17
25 Jan 2013 6:34PM
The big burns night supper in The Globe at Dumrfies has been cancelled due to bad weather. A nice tribute Johanna.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
25 Jan 2013 6:51PM
That looks scary

brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 9:02PM
@Anne: is it the Lutefisk, or the Aquavit??? Smile
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
25 Jan 2013 10:32PM
Hope you drank the toast with the Water of Life too, Johanna!

26 Jan 2013 12:38PM
A fine tribute image Johanna. Glad to make it 30
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
26 Jan 2013 2:17PM
I love haggis Smile Haven't had it for AAAGES, though.

NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
26 Jan 2013 4:44PM
hope you had a good one.
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
31 Jan 2013 2:48AM
So sorry to be so late getting to this fine tribute Johanna, I should have known you'd have something for the occasion, my own contribution pales in comparison.
Gude pity me, I'm little!
For though I am an elf o' mettle,
And can like onie wabster's shuttle
Jink there or here,
Yet, scarce as lang's a guid kail-whittle,
I'm unco queer

Rgds., Jim SmileSmileSmile
LexEquine 11 19 United States
1 Feb 2013 5:34PM
'Superb, beautiuful, & artistic presentation,' Johanna~ Smile

Ciao ~ Peter
evelen 13 5 England
8 Feb 2013 6:42PM
great image .hope you had a good night.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
28 Feb 2013 9:38PM
I'll leave it up to Mikbee and RonnieAG to translate!SmileWink

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