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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Auld Lang Syne

(Nocturne in Gray and Gold: Westminster Bridge by
James McNeill Whistler, 1834-1903, American artist)

This wistful verse by Robert Burns is one of the best known poems about friendship. People all over the world sing it for “auld lang syne,” as the Scots say, for old time’s sake, at midnight every New Year’s Eve. The tune is a traditional melody.


Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and days o’ auld lang syne ?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

~ Robert Burns (1759-1796), Scottish poet

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