As I Walk'd By Mysel

As I walk'd by myself, I said to mysel, And myself said again to me; Look weel to thyself, or not to thyself, There's nobody cares for thee. Then I answer'd mysel and I said to mysel; Whatever be my degree, I'll look to mysel, and I'll think o' mysel, And I care for nobodie.


Karen Dunbar

About this work

This is a poem by Robert Burns. It is read here by Karen Dunbar.

More about this poem

While this short, undated verse exists in Burns's holograph, it is believed by critics to be a traditional song collected by the poet. Indeed, this song appears in numerous late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Chapbooks. The verse might be considered to encourage confidence in one's individual outlook, something which Burns certainly possessed.

Pauline Mackay

Themes for this poem

man equality

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