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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.

Robert Burns. 1759–1796

495. Auld Lang Syne

SHOULD auld acquaintance be forgot, 
  And never brought to min’? 
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
  And days o’ lang syne? 
We twa hae rin about the braes,         5
  And pu’d the gowans fine; 
But we’ve wander’d monie a weary fit 
  Sin’ auld lang syne. 
We twa hae paidl’t i’ the burn, 
  Frae mornin’ sun till dine;  10
But seas between us braid hae roar’d 
  Sin’ auld lang syne. 
And here ‘s a hand, my trusty fiere, 
  And gie’s a hand o’ thine; 
And we’ll tak a right guid-willie waught  15
  For auld lang syne. 
And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp, 
  And surely I’ll be mine; 
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet 
  For auld lang syne!  20
      For auld lang syne, my dear, 
        For auld lang syne, 
      We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet 
        For auld lang syne. 
GLOSS:  gowans] daisies.  fit] foot.  dine] dinner-time.  fiere] partner.  guid-willie waught] friendly draught.