On Robert Burns and Fair Treatment

On July 31, 1786, Robert Burns’ volume of verse titled, “Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish dialect” was published by John Wilson in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

One of my favorite poems by Burns is “A Man’s a Man, for A’ That” in which the speaker presents the various difficulties faced by the common laborer. People should be treated as human beings, regardless of their “station” in life, and the final stanza recaps the argument of the poem:

Then let us pray that come it may, 
   (As come it will for a' that,) 
That Sense and Worth, o'er a' the earth, 
   Shall bear the gree, an' a' that. 
For a' that, an' a' that, 
   It's coming yet for a' that, 
That Man to Man, the world o'er, 
   Shall brothers be for a' that.

Yes, a measure of sense and worth would be very welcome, indeed.

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