Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Reading a menu from a Burns Supper, 2002

Warren threw an awesome Burns Supper in 2002.

He wore his summerweight Stewart Hunting tartan; Ed wore his woolen, primitive-wrap Walker tartan. The ladies (me included) jealously suffered from the loss of visual attention to these two peacocks in kilts.

I was just reading the program he made and laughed 'til I cried. The order:

Piping in ... "Scots wha' hae yea"
Chairman's Welcome Toast
Selkirk Grace

Piping in the Haggis
Address to the Haggis
Toast to the Haggis

The Immortal Memory
Toast to the Lassies
The Lassies Reply
Scotch Drink ("... They certainly do")
Auld Lang Syne

He had prepared a haggis he had ordered from a gourmet haggis place in the Northwest somewhere (Seattle?). It was delicious.

Anyway, he produced a six-page program, including Bruce's Address at Bannockburn, The Selkirk Grace, Address to a Haggis, Scotch Drink, and finally, Auld Lang Syne.

The Selkirk Grace

Some have meat and cannot eat,
Some can eat that want it;
But we have meat and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquiantance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

Chorus: For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be you pint stowp!
And surely I'll be mine!
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.


We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd many a weary fit
Sin' auld lang syne.


We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us briad hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne.


And there's a hand, my trusty fere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak' a right gude-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.


(Certainly the more fun Burns writings among these are 'Address to a Haggis' and 'Scotch Drink'. Look them up.)

Comment from Dave Houston "If it's not Scottish, it's sober!", a blog buddy of mine in TX:

Och! What I'd have given to attend.

Here’s to them... brought us this far
And to them we’ve yet to see,
Them that made us what we are
And them that we will be.

Here’s to them that are in need
And to them who help them too,
Them that follow them that lead
And them who’s heart’s are true.

Here’s to them that love this land
All them of Scottish creed,
Raise them now to that Almighty Hand
That spread them Scottish seed.

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