A Red, Red Rose

By Robert Burns 1759–1796 Robert Burns
O my Luve is like a red, red rose
   That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody
   That’s sweetly played in tune.

So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
   So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
   Till a’ the seas gang dry.

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
   And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will love thee still, my dear,
   While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only luve!
   And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my luve,
   Though it were ten thousand mile.

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Poet Robert Burns 1759–1796

POET’S REGION Scotland

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Music, Living, Love, Time & Brevity, Nature, Arts & Sciences, Relationships, Trees & Flowers, Romantic Love, Classic Love

Occasions Anniversary, Engagement, Weddings

Holidays Valentine's Day

Poetic Terms Common Measure, Ballad

 Robert  Burns

Biography

Born on 25 January 1759 in Alloway, Scotland, to William and Agnes Brown Burnes, Robert Burns followed his father's example by becoming a tenant farmer. Unlike William Burnes, however, Burns was able to escape the vicissitudes and vagaries of the soil in two ways: toward the end of his life he became an excise collector in Dumfries, where he died in 1796; and throughout his life he was a practicing poet. As a poet he recorded . . .

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SUBJECT Music, Living, Love, Time & Brevity, Nature, Arts & Sciences, Relationships, Trees & Flowers, Romantic Love, Classic Love

POET’S REGION Scotland

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Poetic Terms Common Measure, Ballad

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