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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July 27, 2018

Click to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/the-twa-dogs

Robert Burns had a favourite dog called “Luath” (Gaelic for quick or fast). He wrote this great poem contrasting the lives of the gentry with that of their cottars by creating a discussion between dogs...

July 19, 2018

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/gude-ale-keeps-the-heart-aboon

This is a traditional song collected and edited by Robert Burns.

“O gude ale comes and gude ale goes;

Gude ale gars me sell my hose,

Sell my hose, and pawn my shoon-

Gude ale keeps my...

July 12, 2018

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/heres-a-health-to-ane-i-loe-dear

This is one of several pieces Robert Burns composed for Jessie Lewars, the girl who helped nurse him in his final illness.

"Here's a health to ane I loe dear, Here's a health to...

July 5, 2018

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/remorse

Robert Burns, agreed with the author of ‘The Theory of Moral Sentiments’, Adam Smith, that Remorse is the most painful sentiment that can embitter the human bosom. He wrote the following as a young man...

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