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A Man's a Man for All that or IS THERE FOR HONEST POVERTY (Robert Burns) Is there for honest poverty That hangs his head, an' a' that The coward slave, we pass him by We dare be poor for a' that For a' that, an' a' that Our toil's obscure and a' that The rank is but the guinea's stamp The man's the gowd for a' that What though on hamely fare we dine Wear hoddin grey, an' a' that Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine A man's a man, for a' that For a' that, an' a' that Their tinsel show an' a' that The honest man, though e'er sae poor Is king o' men for a' that Ye see yon birkie ca'd a lord Wha struts an' stares an' a' that Tho' hundreds worship at his word He's but a coof for a' that For a' that, an' a' that His ribband, star and a' that The man o' independent mind He looks an' laughs at a' that A prince can mak' a belted knight A marquise, duke, an' a' that But an honest man's aboon his might Gude faith, he maunna fa' that For a' that an' a' that Their dignities an' a' that The pith o' sense an' pride o' worth Are higher rank that a' that Then let us pray that come it may (as come it will for a' that) That Sense and Worth, o'er a' the earth Shall bear the gree an' a' that For a' that an' a' that It's coming yet for a' that That man to man, the world o'er Shall brithers be for a' that As published in Currie's 1800 edition of Burns' works Other editions are slightly more or less "Scottish" (e.g. reading "brothers" for "brithers" in last line. Sometimes titled "For A' That and A' That" composed January 1795 Based on "The Bard's Song" in "The Jolly Beggars" RW glossary: aboon:above bear the gree: Take first place, be foremost birkie: person coof: fool, idle/worthless fellow fa': fault gowd: gold hamely: homely, humble hoddin grey: coarse wool mauna: must not SOF
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