Beginners
Experts
Burns Supper
Top Features
Discussion Forum
Newsletter
Poems & Songs
The Letters
Federation
E- Membership
Schools
Contributions
Links
Search the Site
Scottish History
The Burns Shop

Translation
Index


On Seeing The Royal Palace At Stirling in Ruins

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

 

Here Stewarts once in glory reign'd,
And laws for Scotland's weal ordain'd;
But now unroof'd their palace stands,
Their sceptre fallen to other hands:
Fallen indeed, and to the earth,
Whence grovelling reptiles take their birth!
The injured Stewart line is gone,
A race outlandish fills their throne:
An idiot race, to honour lost -
Who know them best despise them most.

 

Here Stewarts once in glory reigned,
And laws for Scotland's well ordained;
But now unroofed their palace stands,
Their sceptre fallen to other hands:
Fallen indeed, and to the earth,
Whence groveling reptiles take their birth!
The injured Stewart line is gone,
A race outlandish fills their throne:
An idiot race, to honour lost -
Who know them best despise them most.

 

2004 WBC. Under no circumstances can any  of the contents of this site be copied, reproduced,  or represented without prior written consent.