Green Grow The Rashes


Green grow the rashes , O; Green grow the rashes , O; The sweetest hours that e'er I spend, Are spent amang the lasses, O. There's nought but care on ev'ry han' , In ev'ry hour that passes, O: What signifies the life o' man, An' 'twere na for the lasses, O. The war'ly race may riches chase, - An' riches still may fly them, O; An' tho' at last they catch them fast, Their hearts can ne'er enjoy them, O. But gie me a cannie hour at e'en , My arms about my dearie, O; An' war'ly cares, an' war'ly men, May a' gae tapsalteerie , O! For you sae douce , ye sneer at this; Ye're nought but senseless asses, O: The wisest man the warl' e'er saw , He dearly lov'd the lasses, O. Auld Nature swears, the lovely dears Her noblest work she classes, O: Her prentice han' she try'd on man, An' then she made the lasses, O. Green grow the rashes , O; Green grow the rashes , O; The sweetest hours that e'er I spend, Are spent amang the lasses, O.

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About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1783 and is read here by John Gordon Sinclair.

Themes for this song

love class nature regret

Selected for 22 January

The piece selected for today, one regularly performed at Burns suppers, is a song in praise of women, a statement of besotted admiration sometimes cited by speakers asked to reply to the 'Toast to the Lassies'. Written in Sepetember, set in spring, 'Green Grow the Rashes', is most often heard in January. Despite the slight note of masculine condescension, Burns seems straightforwardly to be setting out his ardent and respectful love of womankind as an improvement on the male prototype for the species, not merely the 'fairer' sex then, but the superior sex.

Donny O'Rourke

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