Regular readings

For the past four years, Neil has been recording  regularly extracts from the works of Robert Burns. These can be heard here on the website or at the WordsofBurns Facebook page.  

Neil is always delighted to get feedback from listeners or suggestions for Burns works to record.

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January 24, 2018

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/address-to-the-woodlark

It is thought that Robert Burns composed this poem addressed to the song-bird at the request of the wife of his friend, John McMurdo. McMurdo was chamberlain to the Duke of Queensberry a...

January 19, 2018

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/verses-intended-to-be-written-below-a-noble-earls-picture

Robert Burns wrote these verses in praise of James Cunningham, 14th Earl of Glencairn who had been one of his greatest supporters in advancing both his...

January 11, 2018

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/i-murder-hate

The first verse of this poem sets out Robert Burns’s philosophy – make love not war – and the second illustrates that Burns was extremely well-read in the Classics. In this passage all about death...

January 4, 2018

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/new-years-day

Frances Dunlop had taken a great interest in the poems of Robert Burns and became a friend and regular correspondent with the poet. Burns named his second son, Francis Wallace, as a tribute to Mrs...

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