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GRACE BEFORE AND AFTER MEAT

June 30, 2017

Click to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/grace-before-and-after-meat 

 

It is said that Robert Burns forgot to order a meal for some friends and himself in the Globe Inn in Dumfries. At short notice, the landlady, Meg Hyslop, produced a sheep’s head (intended for her own meal) for the supper. One of the party, William Nicol, then demanded a forfeit of Burns that he should compose a grace for before and after their repast. 

 

“O Lord, when hunger pinches sore, 
Do thou stand us in stead, 
And send us, from thy bounteous store, 
A tup or wether head! 

O Lord, since we have feasted thus, 
Which we so little merit, 
Let Meg now take away the flesh, 
And Jock bring in the spirit!”

 

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