During his short life, Robert Burns wrote and collected hundreds of poems and songs. Here is a small selection of Robert Burns poems.

O once I lov’d

This song was Robert Burns’s first composition, written when he was 15, for Nelly Kilpatrick, alongside whom he worked at harvest time


The Cotter’s Saturday Night

A favourite of many Victorian readers of Burns, The Cotter’s Saturday Night is a warm portrait of simple family life and a tribute to the devoutness of the poet’s father


Holy Willie’s Prayer

Burns wrote this satirical attack against a particularly sanctimonious Kirk elder, William Fisher, who had made a public complaint against Burns’s friend, Gavin Hamilton – for such sins as digging his garden on a Sunday instead of reading a Bible

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