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Robert Burns: The Selkirk Grace

Some hae meat, and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
And sae our God be thank it!

Robert Burns (1759–1796) is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland. Burns Night, a celebration of this beloved Scot, is practically a national holiday. The traditional Burns Night dinner usually begins with “Selkirk Grace” and concludes after the meal with singing of “Auld Lang Syne,” which is also attributed to the poet.

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