Monday, January 25, 2010

Happy Burns Day!

First, I'll admit that I didn't know there was such a thing as Burns Day until quite recently.  However, lo and behold, January 25th is Scotland's day to celebrate its beloved poet, Robert Burns.  So eat, drink, and read lots and lots of Scottish poetry!

Incidentally, the traditional Burns Supper includes Burns' poetry, whiskey (obviously), and haggis.  For those of you who are, like me, in the US, rest assured that you may actually get to eat haggis some day as the "US [is] to lift 21-year ban on haggis." 

With that, I'll leave you with "Ode to a Haggis":

Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great Chieftan o’ the Puddin-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace
As lang’s my arm

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
You pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o’need
While thro’ your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead

His knife see Rustic-labour dight,
An’ cut you up wi’ ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright
Like onie ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reeking, rich!

Then, horn for horn they stretch an’ strive,
Deil tak the hindmost, on they drive,
Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve
Are bent like drums;
Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive
Bethankit hums

Is there that owre his French ragout,
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad mak her spew
Wi’ perfect sconner,
Looks down wi’ sneering, scornfu’ view
On sic a dinner?

Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
As feckless as a wither’d rash
His spindle-shank a guid whip-lash,
His nieve a nit;
Thro’ bluidy flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!

But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread,
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He’ll mak it whissle;
An’ legs, an’ arms an’ heads will sned,
Like taps o’ thrissle

Ye pow’rs wha mak mankind your care,
An’ dish them out their bill o’fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu’ pray’r,
Gie her a Haggis!


Homero said...

There'a a ban on haggis? Huh. I'd still try it.

Lindsay-with-an-A said...

I would like to say that I'd try it, to prove I'm open-minded about other cultures, but I don't think there's enough whiskey in the world to wash away the taste of boiled organs.

I did find a recipe for vegetarian haggis on-line, which is amusing on so many levels.

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