Burns Night - 'Alternative' Address to the Haggis

Cat Ridgeway By Cat Ridgeway, 28th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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BURNS NIGHT – ADDRESS THE HAGGIS
Celebrate Robert Burns birthday with haggis, neeps and tatties on 25th January, and offer an alternative interpretation of the traditional address “To a Haggis”.

'Alternative' Address to the Haggis for Burns Night

BURNS NIGHT – ADDRESS THE HAGGIS
Celebrate Robert Burns birthday with haggis, neeps and tatties on 25th January, and offer an alternative interpretation of the traditional address “To a Haggis”. This works well with each 'alternative' phrase on Subterranean Homesick Blues-type flashcards while reading Rabbie’s version aloud.


To a Haggis..............................................(Alternative Address)
by Robert Burns

Verse 1
Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,...............(Haggis u r gr8)
Great chieftain o the puddin'-race!.............(u r top sausage)
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,................(u r better than all the rest)
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace......................(….respect!)
As lang's my arm.

Verse 3
His knife see rustic Labour dight,.................(Clean up that blade)
An cut you up wi ready slight........................(there’s gonna be a stabbing)
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,........(omg, haggis everywhere)
Like onie ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,................(…. neat!)
Warm-reekin, rich!

Verse 8
Ye Pow'rs, wha mak mankind your care,.......(r u listening….)
And dish them out their bill o’ fare,................(….TV chefs?)
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware.........(Scotland 1 Watery Soup 0)
That jaups in luggies:
But, if ye wish her gratefu’ prayer,.................(if u want thanx …. haggis pls)
Gie her a Haggis!

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Burns Night, Poetry, Robert Burns, Scotland

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