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    Toast to the Haggis

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    Toast to the Haggis

    Post by wuzfuz on Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:33 am


    Our local paper had an article and picture of the annual dinner and dance held at the Legion to celebrate the birthday of the famed Scottish poet Robert Burns
    The most solemn event of the night was two Scottish gentlemen in full highland dress toasting while reciting his ode to the Haggis


    ODE TO A HAGGIS

    Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
    Great Chieftan o’ the Puddin-race!
    Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
    Painch, tripe, or thairm:
    Weel are ye wordy of a grace
    As lang’s my arm

    The groaning trencher there ye fill,
    Your hurdies like a distant hill,
    You pin wad help to mend a mill
    In time o’need
    While thro’ your pores the dews distil
    Like amber bead

    His knife see Rustic-labour dight,
    An’ cut you up wi’ ready slight,
    Trenching your gushing entrails bright
    Like onie ditch;
    And then, O what a glorious sight,
    Warm-reeking, rich!

    Then, horn for horn they stretch an’ strive,
    Deil tak the hindmost, on they drive,
    Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve
    Are bent like drums;
    Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive
    Bethankit hums

    Is there that owre his French ragout,
    Or olio that wad staw a sow,
    Or fricassee wad mak her spew
    Wi’ perfect sconner,
    Looks down wi’ sneering, scornfu’ view
    On sic a dinner?

    Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
    As feckless as a wither’d rash
    His spindle-shank a guid whip-lash,
    His nieve a nit;
    Thro’ bluidy flood or field to dash,
    O how unfit!

    But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
    The trembling earth resounds his tread,
    Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
    He’ll mak it whissle;
    An’ legs, an’ arms an’ heads will sned,
    Like taps o’ thrissle

    Ye pow’rs wha mak mankind your care,
    An’ dish them out their bill o’fare,
    Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
    That jaups in luggies;
    But, if ye wish her gratefu’ pray’r,
    Gie her a Haggis!

    While looking at this picture it occurred to me that the corpulent gentleman on the right must have been eating too much Haggis or not doing the Highland Fling often enough`


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