Robert Burns
Robert Burns (also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, Robden of Solway Firth, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard) was a Scottish
Scottish people
The Scottish people , or Scots, are a nation and ethnic group native to Scotland. Historically they emerged from an amalgamation of the Picts and Gaels, incorporating neighbouring Britons to the south as well as invading Germanic peoples such as the Anglo-Saxons and the Norse.In modern use,...

 poet and a lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language
Scots language
Scots is the Germanic language variety spoken in Lowland Scotland and parts of Ulster . It is sometimes called Lowland Scots to distinguish it from Scottish Gaelic, the Celtic language variety spoken in most of the western Highlands and in the Hebrides.Since there are no universally accepted...

, although much of his writing is also in English and a "light" Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland.

Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,O, what a panic's in thy breastie!Thou need na start awa sae hasty,Wi' bickering brattle!

To a Mouse|To a Mouse, st. 1 (1785)

I'm truly sorry man's dominionHas broken Nature's social union.

To a Mouse, st. 2 (1785)

The best laid schemes o' mice and men Gang aft a-gley; And leave us naught but grief and pain For promised joy.

To a Mouse, st. 7 (1785)

Nature's law,That man was made to mourn.

Man Was Made to Mourn, st. 4 (1786)

Man's inhumanity to manMakes countless thousands mourn.Man was made to Mourn.

Man was Made to Mourn (1786)

He wales a portion with judicious care;And "Let us worship God" he says, with solemn air.

The Cotter's Saturday Night, st. 12 (1786)

From scenes like these, old Scotia's grandeur springs,That makes her loved at home, revered abroad:Princes and lords are but the breath of kings,"An honest man's the noblest work of God."

The Cotter's Saturday Night, st. 19 (1786)

Gie me ae spark o' Nature's fire,That's a' the learning I desire.

First Epistle to J. Lapraik, st. 13 (1786)

The social, friendly, honest man,Whate'er he be,'Tis he fulfills great Nature's plan,And none but he!

Second Epistle to J. Lapraik, st. 15 (1786)

On ev'ry hand it will allowed be,He's just—nae better than he should be.

A Dedication to Gavin Hamilton (1786)