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Robert Burns: A Red Red Rose

Often referred to as ‘Nature’s Poet’, Scotland’s Robert Burns took inspiration from the world, people and nature that surrounded him.

Turning his surroundings into stanzas of poems or lyrics of songs. Some were adaptions of other works or have since been adapted by others.

Whilst writing the song ‘Red Red Rose’ in 1794, Burns used the Scots language and a traditional style verse to convey the sentiments of a love that was both deep and constant.

Burns was a man that loved many women throughout his life and would often write in verse, to or about them. After originally giving his reworked composition to Pietro Urbani, an Italian singer, the song has been printed and performed in many different styles and with a variety of musical accompaniments.


A Red Red Rose

O, my luve is like a red, red rose,
That’s newly sprung in June.
O, my luve is like the melodie,
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I,
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi the sun!
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only luve!
And fare thee weel, a while!
And I will come again, my luve,
Tho it were ten thousand mile!

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Lone Rose of Farena in Watercolour

Some of his most famous works were inspired by nature, including ‘To A Mouse’ and ‘The Wounded Hare’. His nightly walks home along the River Nith during his years living at Ellisland Farm in Dumfries resulted in ‘Tam O’Shanter’. The walk can still be enjoyed today and the farm and house museum is open to welcome guests.



the river nith as a watercolour image
The River Nith in Watercolour

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