Auld Lang Syne

by


Auld Lang Syne was written by Scotsman Robert Burns in 1788. Literal translation: 'old long since' or more loosely as 'long long ago' or 'days gone by.' The song is traditionally sung by English speakers on New Year's Eve to bid farewell to the outgoing year at the stroke of midnight. Also sung at funerals, or sentimental occasions to bid farewell to cherished friends.
An illustration for the story Auld Lang Syne by the author Robert Burns
Old Lang Syne illustration by John Masey Wright (1841)
An illustration for the story Auld Lang Syne by the author Robert Burns
Old Lang Syne illustration by John Masey Wright (1841)
An illustration for the story Auld Lang Syne by the author Robert Burns
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?

CHORUS:

For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint-stoup!
and surely I'll be mine!
And we'll tak' a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We twa hae run about the braes,
and pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit,
sin' auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
sin' auld lang syne.

CHORUS

And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!
and gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak' a right gude-willie waught,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

Auld Lang Syne was featured as The Short Story of the Day on Sat, Dec 31, 2016

If you enjoyed this poem/song, you might like our selections of Christmas Stories and 100 Great Poems.

10

facebook share button twitter share button google plus share button tumblr share button reddit share button email share button share on pinterest pinterest


Create a library and add your favorite stories. Get started by clicking the "Add" button.
Add Auld Lang Syne to your own personal library.

Return to the Robert Burns Home Page, or . . . Read the next poem; Despondency - An Ode

Anton Chekhov
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Susan Glaspell
Mark Twain
Edgar Allan Poe
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Herman Melville
Stephen Leacock
Kate Chopin
Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson