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THE FLO WERS OF THE FOREST
A MAN'S A MAN FOR A' THAT.
In the letter to Mr. Thomson, the Scottish song-collector, which accompanied the first copy of his song " A Man's a Man for a' That," Burns wrote: " A great critic, Aiken, on songs, says that love and wine are the exclusive themes for song-writing; the following is one on neither subject, and consequently is no song, but will be allowed, I think, to be two or three pretty good prose thoughts inverted into rhyme."
The world had decided against Mr. Aiken, and Beranger, — who is called the Burns of Prance,—used to say that this song was not a song for one age, but for an eternity. It seems to me that Burns describes it correctly.
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1.     Is there for hon-est pov-er - ty That hangs his head, an' a' that? The cow-ard slave we
2.  What though on hamely fare we dine,Wear hod-den-gray, and a' that, Gie fools their silks, and
3.   Ye see yon birk - ie, ca'ed a lord, Wha struts and stares, and a' that, Tho' hundreds worship
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