Auld Lang Syne is well known in the English speaking world and is often sung at New Year’s Eve celebrations. The poem was written by the Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Burns is recognized as Scotland’s greatest bard and this, his greatest poem.
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Auld Lang Syne
by Robert Burns
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne! For auld lang syne, my jo, For auld lang syne, We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet, For auld lang syne. And surely ye'll be your pint stowp! And surely I'll be mine! And we'll take a cup o' kindness yet, For auld lang syne. We twa hae run about the braes, And pou'd the gowan fine; But we've wander'd mony a weary fitt, Sin' auld lang syne. We twa hae paidl'd in the burn, Frae morning sun till dine; But seas between us braid hae roar'd Sin' auld lang syne. And there's a hand, my trusty fiere! And gie's a hand o' thine! And we'll tak a right gude-willie-waught, For auld lang syne. For auld lang syne, my jo, For auld lang syne, We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet, For auld lang syne.
To anyone not native to Scotland the words of the poem need some explanation.
Follow this link to a line-by-line translation from the old Scottish (spoken with what is called a brogue) to the modern English.
To all of my friends, I wish for you the very best of abundance and good health.
HAPPY NEW YEAR.