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Warning : Content is of an ADULT NATURE.
The written works included within The Merry Muses of Caledonia often
contain frequent use of bad language & content of an explicit
sexual nature ! You must therefore be of legal age in your
country or region before viewing such material.
Please proceed only if you are not easily offended !

"Say, Puritan, can it be wrong
To dress plain Truth in witty song:
What honest Nature says we should do,
What every Lady does, or would do?"

(Robert Burns's introduction for the first edition of The Merry Muses of Caledonia)

Pornography or Art ?
The infamous "Merry Muses of Caledonia" was probably
neither pornography nor art ! Rather, it is a collection of
bawdy ballads of the time, which gives an interesting
insight into male "bar-room" humour of 18th century

Banned in both the UK and America until the 1960's, "The Merry
Muses of Caledonia" shocked the world by revealing that one of the
worlds greatest literary geniuses, Robert Burns - The Bard, had conspired
to write a large number of outrageous poems and ballads for inclusion in The Merry Muses of Caledonia.

These works were printed after the death of Burns
The Merry Muses are not readily found on the shelves of mainstream bookshops and here at
The World Burns Club we feel that this lesser
known area of Burns work should be included within our site for others to see and judge. Written for his friends, there is much debate over the accuracy of these pieces which have
been subject to alteration by many authors since the death of The Bard. Many versions exist of the pieces included in The Merry Muses, some disputed and some altered over the years. We have reverted to the closest known originals in which there is no doubt that Robert Burns either wrote or reworked these ballads of the time.

And now…….

Prepare to be SHOCKED !



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