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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
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'
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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