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04.01.2019

Should auld acquaintance ... Sophia #767 throws Robert Burns a Party

Broad Scots Dialect

Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,

Great chieftain o' the puddin-race!

Aboon them a' ye tak your place,

Painch, tripe, or thairm:

Weel are ye wordy o’ a grace

As lang's my arm.

English Translation

Good luck to you and your honest, plump face,

Great chieftain of the pudding race!

Above them all you take your place,

gut, stomach-lining, or intestine,

You're well worth a grace

as long as my arm.

--Robert Burns, Address to a Haggis

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Nothing says happy birthday like a heaping helping of haggis, a blast of bagpipe and tons of tartan.

The brothers of Sophia #767 did beloved poet Robert Burns proud on Jan. 26 – 260 years and one day to the day the prolific “Ploughman Poet” who wrote Auld Lang Synewas born.

There were toasts and responses, toasts and singing, toasts and laughter, and, well … more toasts. Clad in tartan and wool, the brothers, their bonnie lasses and friends honored their Scottish hero with a glamourous night at the historic Rowan Museum in Salisbury.

He is beloved within the Craft, which he joined at the age of 22. Scholars say Masonic rules and traditions strongly influenced and appeared his writings. "For Burns, Freemasonry was a compound of mysticism and conviviality," writes World Burns Club Member Todd J. Wilkinson.

Masonic lodges around the world celebrate his birth every year; this was a first for Sophia Lodge.

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