The Twa Dogs by Robert Burns

 

The Twa Dogs

by
Robert Burns

Famous Dog Poems and Dog Poetry - The Twa Dogs by Robert Burns
We have dedicated this section of the site to famous Dog poems and poetry. One of the most famous dog poems of all time is The Twa Dogs by Robert Burns - a real treat for anyone who has never heard of this poem. Robert Burns was the famous Scottish poet who lived between 1759 and 1796. He was educated at home and his father was a gardener and farmer.

 

 

The most famous poems by Robert Burns were A Red Red Rose and Auld Lang Syne! A true dog lover as can be seen by the words of his poem ' The Twa Dogs '. The words to the poem The Twa Dogs demonstrate the poets empathy with dogs! Luath was the name of Robert Burns' own dog. We are sure that every dog lover will take enormous pleasure from the words of the The Twa Dogs by Robert Burns!

The Twa Dogs
by
Robert Burns


A Tale

'Twas in that place o' Scotland's isle,
That bears the name o' auld King Coil,
Upon a bonie day in June,
When wearin' thro' the afternoon,
Twa dogs, that were na thrang at hame,
Forgather'd ance upon a time.

The first I'll name, they ca'd him Caesar,
Was keepit for His Honor's pleasure:
His hair, his size, his mouth, his lugs,
Shew'd he was nane o' Scotland's dogs;
But whalpit some place far abroad,
Whare sailors gang to fish for cod.

His locked, letter'd, braw brass collar
Shew'd him the gentleman an' scholar;
But though he was o' high degree,
The fient a pride, nae pride had he;
But wad hae spent an hour caressin,
Ev'n wi' al tinkler-gipsy's messin:
At kirk or market, mill or smiddie,
Nae tawted tyke, tho' e'er sae duddie,
But he wad stan't, as glad to see him,
An' stroan't on stanes an' hillocks wi' him.

The tither was a ploughman's collie-
A rhyming, ranting, raving billie,
Wha for his friend an' comrade had him,
And in freak had Luath ca'd him,
After some dog in Highland Sang,^2
Was made lang syne,-Lord knows how lang.

He was a gash an' faithfu' tyke,
As ever lap a sheugh or dyke.
His honest, sonsie, baws'nt face
Aye gat him friends in ilka place;
His breast was white, his touzie back
Weel clad wi' coat o' glossy black;
His gawsie tail, wi' upward curl,
Hung owre his hurdie's wi' a swirl.

 

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