Tonight is the celebration of the birth of Robert Burns known as Burns Night. Robert Burns, of course, having been born on January 25, 1759. We have covered the life and legacy of Robert Burns previously. It’s well worth the review to get a proper background information.
To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With the Plough, was a Scots language poem written in November, 1785. It was included in the Kilmarnock volume and pertains to real events. So real, in fact, that Burns’ brother claimed the poet wrote this poem while still holding his plough. Burns had been ploughing in his fields and accidentally destroyed the nest needed for the mouse to survive the coming winter.
To A Mouse may be read here:
Alternatively, the poem may be listened to in audiobook format here: