A Verse composed and repeated by Burns

When death's dark stream I ferry o'er, A time that surely shall come; In Heaven itself, I'll ask no more, Than just a Highland welcome.


Daniela Nardini

About this work

This is a poem by Robert Burns. It was written in 1787 and is read here by Daniela Nardini.

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This short verse first appeared in the Edinburgh Evening Courant on 02 July 1792. Here Burns notes that it was written in at Dalnachardoch in the Highlands in September 1787.

And so, it was written as Burns enjoyed his Highland tour. Burns frequently flattered hosts, friends and acquaintances with poetry. Certainly, this verse is a sincere compliment to the highland hospitality which Burns experienced.

Pauline Mackay

Themes for this poem

death friendship

Locations for this poem


Selected for 21 February

On the song collecting tours he made of the North of Scotland, Burns could generally be sure of a warm welcome. Highland hospitality is renowned to this day. However, earlier this month, on February 4, 1692, in a barbaric abuse of that tradition of graciously and unstintingly providing bed and board the King’s supporters, the Campbells, acting on royal orders, slaughtered their MacDonald hosts as they slept. The Massacre of Glencoe was one of the most infamous episodes in Scottish history.

Donny O'Rourke

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