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Auld Lang Syne

Robert Burns

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days o' lang syne?

Chorus:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae rin about the braes,
And pu'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd monie a weary fit
Sin' auld lang syne.

(Chorus)

We twa hae paidl't i' the burn,
Frae mornin' sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne.

(Chorus)

And here 's a hand, my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o' thine;
And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught
For auld lang syne.

(Chorus)

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I'll be mine;
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne!

(Chorus)

-- Robert Burns. Auld Lang Syne.

Additional Stanzas

Should old acquaintance be forgot
And never thought upon
The flames of love extinguished
And freely past and gone?

Is thy kind heart now grown so cold
In that Loving breast of thine
That thou canst never once reflect
On Old-long-syne?

Where are thy protestations
Thy vows and oaths, my dear
Thou made to me, and I to thee
In register yet clear?

Is faith and truth so violate
To the Immortal Gods Divine
That thou canst never once reflect
On Old-long-syne?

-- Watson's Choice Collection.

 

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
Tho' they return with scars?
These are the noble hero's lot
Obtain'd in glorious wars

Welcome, my Varo, to my breast
Thy arms about me twine
And make me once again as blest
As I was lang syne

Methinks around us on each bough
A thousand cupids play
Whils thro' the groves I walk with you
Each object makes me gay

Since your return the sun and moon
With brighter beams do shine
Streams murmur soft notes while they run
As they did lang syne

-- Ramsay's The Tea Miscellany.

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