A MAN'S A MAN FOR A' THAT

Tune - 'For a' that.'


Is there for honest Poverty
   That hings his head, an' a' that;
The coward slave - we pass him by,
   We dare be poor for a' that !
For a' that, an' a' that,
   Our toils obscure an' a' that,
The rank is but the guinea's stamp,
   The Man's the gowd for a' that.

What though on hamely fare we dine,
   Wear hoddin gray, an' a' that;
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine,
   A Man's a Man for a' that :
For a' that, an' a' that,
   Their tinsel show, an' a' that;
The honest man, tho' e'er sae poor,
   Is king o' men for a' that.

Ye see yon birkie ca'd 'a lord,'
   Wha struts, an' stares, an' a' that;
Tho' hundreds worship at his word,
   He's but a coof for a' that :
For a' that, an' a' that,
   His ribband, star, an' a' that;
The man o' independent mind
   He looks an' laughs  at a' that.

A prince can mak a belted knight,
   A marquis, duke, an' a' that;
But an honest man's aboon his might,
   Gude faith, he mauna fa' that !
For a' that, an' a' that,
   Their dignities, an' a' that;
The pith o' sense, an' pride o' worth,
   Are higher rank than a' that.

Then let us pray that come it may
   (As come it will for a' that),
That Sense and Worth o'er a' the earth,
   Shall bear the gree, an' a' that.
For a' that, an' a' that,
   It's comin' yet for a' that,
That Man to Man, the world o'er,
   Shall brothers be for a' that.

Robert Burns



Taken from "The Poetical works of Robert Burns" (London & Glasgow Collins' Clear-Type Press)
with the inscription "This Volume is Dedicated by kind permission to the
Greenock Burns Club (instituted 1802) The oldest Burns club in existence."


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