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John's Scottish Sing-Along


The Star O' Rabbie Burns


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This song (words by James Thomson and music by James Booth) is often sung at Burns Suppers which celebrate the life and works of Robert Burns around the world at the end of January each year.

There is a star whose beaming ray
Is shed on ev'ry clime.
It shines by night, it shines by day
And ne'er grows dim wi' time.
It rose upon the banks of Ayr,
It shone on Doon's clear stream -
Twa hundred years are gane and mair,
Yet brighter grows its beam.

Chorus
Let kings and courtiers rise and fa',
This world has mony turns
Yet brightly beams abeen them a'
The star o' Rabbie Burns.

Though he was but a ploughman lad
And wore the hodden grey,
Auld Scotia's sweetest bard was bred
Aneath a roof o'strae.
Tae sweep the strings o' Scotia's lyre,
It needs nae classic lore;
It's mither wit an native fire
That warms the bosom's core.

Chorus
Let kings and courtiers rise and fa',
This world has mony turns
Yet brightly beams abeen them a'
The star o' Rabbie Burns.


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