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

Epigram On James Swan

(ON HIS BEING ELECTED COUNCILLOR AND BAILLIE, 22ND SEPTEMBER, 1794)

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

Baillie Swan, Baillie Swan,
Let you do what you can -
God hae mercy on honest Dumfries;
But e'er the year's done,
Good Lord! Provost John
Will find that his Swans are but Geese.

Baillie Swan, Baillie Swan,
Let you do what you can -
God hae mercy on honest Dumfries;
But before the year is done,
Good Lord! Provost John
Will find that his Swans are but Geese.

 

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