Music & the Spoken Word: Robert Burns’ ‘Auld Lang Syne’


Editor’s note: “The Spoken Word” is shared by Lloyd Newell each individual Sunday during the weekly Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square broadcast. This week’s broadcast consists of earlier recorded songs and a concept recorded in Scotland in June 2022. This will be given Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023.

In this article in this cottage in the Scottish lowlands during the late 1700s, the poet Robert Burns was born and lived his early lifestyle. The Burns loved ones were being tenant farmers. Here they labored the land, ate their meals alongside one another and gathered by the fireside at evening to read. In their village of Alloway, Scotland, about 60 kilometers or so south of Glasgow, younger Robert’s poetic creativity was kindled. From this humble beginning, Burns rose to fame and left an enduring legacy as the national poet of Scotland.

The most effective-regarded poem attributed to Burns is “Auld Lang Syne.” Even so, it did not seem in print until eventually soon right after his loss of life, at age 37, in 1796. And Burns himself reported that he read the terms “from an outdated man’s singing” (see “Letters of Robert Burn ups,” chosen by J. Logie Robertson, published in 1887, website page 337). Irrespective of whether Burns composed the poem, tailored it or just recorded it, “Auld Lang Syne” has been related with Burns at any time given that.

The poem was shortly paired with a traditional people tune, and currently it is sung as a aspect of New Year’s celebrations about the planet. And however, simply because of its origins in the Scots language, not anyone is common with the importance of the phrase “auld lang syne.” In contemporary English it virtually indicates “old extensive since” — or, in other terms, days long gone by, instances that have prolonged since handed but we try to remember with fondness.

Robbie Burns statue on blue sky at Dumfries, Scotland.

Robert Burns statuein Dumfries, Scotland.

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And so as we sing, year in and year out, we question ourselves:

Should really auld acquaintance be forgot

And never brought to brain?

Need to auld acquaintance be forgot

And auld lang syne?

In our rush for the new and distinct, the most current and best, the music asks, will the “old long since” be overlooked? The previous friendships, the relationships, the reminiscences of days absent by — can we keep on to the outdated as we also embrace the new that lies forward? The fact is, we need remembrances of the previous. They ground us in the existing and support shift us confidently into the upcoming. Just as the folks and the beautiful land of Scotland shaped Robert Burns, we are shaped by the people today and locations we have recognized, our previous extended considering the fact that. So as we say goodbye to the aged calendar year and welcome the new, enable the “auld lang syne” never be neglected.

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