MS: 'Love and Liberty – A Cantata'
- Robert Burns, Author
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Burns’s fondness for the common man is no better showcased than in Love and Liberty - A Cantata, sometimes known as The Jolly Beggars.
In this drama set to music, eight different character performers gather at Poosie Nancie’s tavern in Mauchline. They discuss life, love and loss in a raucous, drink-filled atmosphere.
'Life is all a VARIORUM,
We regard not how it goes;
Let them cant about DECORUM,
Who have character to lose.'
This is the only surviving manuscript of this work.