Is There, For Honest Poverty. Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


Tune For a' that and a' thatA
Is there for honest povertyB
That hangs his head and a' thatA
The coward slave we pass him by-
We dare be poor for a' thatA
For a' that and a' thatA
Our toils obscure and a' thatA
The rank is but the guinea's stampC
The man's the gowd for a' thatA
What tho' on hamely fare we dineD
Wear hoddin gray and a' thatA
Gie fools their silks and knaves their wineD
A man's a man for a' thatA
For a' that and a' thatA
Their tinsel show and a' thatA
The honest man though e'er sae poorE
Is king o' men for a' thatA
Ye see yon birkie ca'd a lordF
Wha struts and stares and a' thatA
Though hundreds worship at his wordG
He's but a coof for a' thatA
For a' that and a' thatA
His riband star and a' thatA
The man of independent mindH
He looks and laughs at a' thatA
A king can make a belted knightJ
A marquis duke and a' thatA
But an honest man's aboon his mightJ
Guid faith he maunna fa' thatA
For a' that and a' thatA
Their dignities and a' thatA
The pith o' sense and pride o' worthK
Are higher ranks than a' thatA
Then let us pray that come it mayL
As come it will for a' thatA
That sense and worth o'er a' the earthK
May bear the gree and a' thatA
For a' that and a' thatA
It's comin' yet for a' thatA
That man to man the warld o'erM
Shall brothers be for a' thatA

Robert Burns


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