Robert Burns (1759-1796) is regarded as Scotland’s national poet. Burns was born in a poor farming family. There were seven children in it. Robert was the eldest. He read a lot. Robert was fond of reading. His favourite writer was Shakespeare. At the age of 15 he began to write poems. He wrote hundreds of songs and poems, mainly on country life, love, and national pride. Burns wrote the words of the song “Auld Lang Syne”. Scottish people sing this song when they celebrate the 1st of January, New Year’s Day.
Robert died in 1796. People all over the world know and love his poems.
His birthday is celebrated in many countries of the world each year on 25 January.
A RED, RED ROSE
О my luve’s like a red, red rose,
That’s newly sprung in June:
O my luve’s like a melodie,
That’s sweetly played in tune.
As fair art though, my bonnie lass,
So deeply in luve I am:
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.
Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will luve thee, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.
And fare thee weel, my only luve!
And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my luve,
Though it were ten thousand mile.
Любовь, как роза, роза красная,
Цветет в моем саду.
Любовь моя — как песенка,
С которой в путь иду.
Сильнее красоты твоей
Моя любовь одна.
Она с тобой, пока моря
Не высохнут до дна.
Не высохнут моря, мой друг,
Не рушится гранит,
Не остановится песок,
А он, как жизнь, бежит…
Будь счастлива, моя любовь,
Прощай и не грусти.
Вернусь к тебе, хоть целый свет
Пришлось бы мне пройти!
(Перевод С. Я. Маршака)