Robert Burns on OSEO


Did you know that the works of Robert Burns are available on Oxford Scholarly Editions Online? Read his best-loved poems, discover his private life in letters, and the lesser-known prose works — all online, and fully searchable.


Burns highlights
Read sample extracts from Robert Burns' poetry, prose, and letters:

Robert Burns - Angel

A letter to Mrs Agnes M’Lehose

"You are an Angel, Clarinda; you are surely no mortal that "the earth owns."—To kiss your hand, to live on your smile, is to me far more exquisite bliss..."

Robert Burns - To a Mouse

To a Mouse

"WEE, sleeket, cowran, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic 's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickering brattle!"

Robert Burns - Bachelors Club

Tarbolton Bachelor's Club

"As the great end of human society is to become wiser and better, this ought therefore to be the principal view of every man in every station of life."


Burns on the blog
Discover the latest insights and analysis from the OUPblog:

Robert Burns - Forgotten Poems of Scotland

Scots Wa Who? Forgotten poems of Scotland

"How many outside of Scotland have heard of William Dunbar or James Hogg? O Flower of Scotland is a tune joyously sung by many – but could you sing along to The Flowers of Scotland?"

The Poetical Works of Robert Browning, Vol. 4

The private life of Robert Burns - through his letters

"Did you know that Robert Burns harboured a deep-rooted desire to move to Jamaica, or that he was quite the radical in terms of both international politics and religion?"

Robert Burns - Myth Eaten Corpse

The myth-eaten corpse of Robert Burns

"Burns has been pursued beyond (or properly in) the grave in some very extreme ways. His remains have been disinterred twice, the second time so that his skull might be examined."


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