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Thread #81615   Message #1496205
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
30-May-05 - 03:23 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Coming Through The Rye
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Burns 'Coming Thro The Rye' (Non-vulgar)
The standard text, with tune, is in the DT: Comin' thro the Rye

See also thread Comin Through the Rye (modern), which includes the Merry Muses text and the Glasgow parody.

The confusion some people have when trying to read Burns (and Scots verse in general) can often be avoided if they read it aloud. It should then be fairly clear that most of the words that look difficult on paper are exactly the same as they are in "standard" English; they are just spelled differently in order to reflect their pronounciation in the form of "standard Scots" that Burns and his contemporaries used, and which is to an extent still used today.