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On John Dove, Innkeeper

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

 

1.
Here lies Johnie Pigeon:
What was his religion
Whae'er desires to ken
To some other warl'
Maun follow the carl,
For here Johnie Pigeon had nane!
2.
Strong ale was ablution;
Small beer, persecution;
A dram was memento mori;
But a full flowing bowl
Was the saving his soul,
And port was celestial glory!

 


Here lies Johnie Pigeon:
What was his religion
Who ever desires to know
To some other world
Must follow the old fellow,
For here Johnie Pigeon had none!

Strong ale was ablution;
Small beer, persecution;
A dram was memento mori;
But a full flowing bowl
Was the saving his soul,
And port was celestial glory!

 

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