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Ode to Spring

When maukin bucks, at early fucks, In dewy grass are seen, Sir, And birds, on boughs, take off their mows Among the leaves sae green, Sir; Latona's sun looks liquorish on Dame Nature's grand impetus Till his prick go rise, then westward flies To roger Madame Thetis. Yon wandering rill that marks the hill, And glances o'er the brae, Sir, Slides by a bower where many a flower Sheds fragrance on the day, Sir; There Damon lay, with Sylvia gay, To love they thought no crime, Sir: The wild-birds sang, the echoes rang, While Damons arse beat time, Sir. - First with the thrush, his thrust and push Had compass large and long, Sir; The blackbird next, his tuneful text, Was bolder, clear and strong, Sir: The linnet's lay then came in play, And the lark that soar'd aboon, Sir; Till Damon fierce, mistimed his arse, And fucked quite out of tune, Sir.


Richard Wilson

About this work

This is a poem by Robert Burns. It was written in 1794 and is read here by Richard Wilson.

More about this poem

Burns sent 'Ode to Spring' to George Thomson, the editor of A Select Collection of Original Scottish Airs (1793-1818), in January 1795.

Burns claimed that he was challenged by an acquaintance to produce an entirely original 'Ode to Spring' and responded with this bawdy, mock pastoral verse. Burns frequently sent bawdy verses to Thomson knowing that they would shock his somewhat prudent editor.

However from his correspondence, Thomson received such verses in relatively good humour. 'Ode to Spring' also appeared in The Merry Muses (1799) under the alternative title 'The Summer Morn'.

Pauline Mackay

Themes for this poem

nature poetry bawdry

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