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30 Jun 03 - 07:01 PM (#974728)
Subject: Robert Burns-The wee plans of mice and m
From: GUEST,Allan S.

My mother always used the following quote from Robert Burns " The plans of mice and men, Gang after glay.
Suposedly written when he was plowing a field and overturned a field mouse nest with the wee mice scattering in all directions.
1. how do you correctly spell Gang after glay, and exactly what does it translate to.
2. Is there any more to the saying? Statement? Song? and if so where can I find it.
Thanx in advance for the help. Allan


30 Jun 03 - 07:07 PM (#974734)
Subject: RE: Robert Burns-The wee plans of mice and m
From: Malcolm Douglas

To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough


30 Jun 03 - 09:05 PM (#974799)
Subject: RE: Robert Burns-The wee plans of mice and m
From: EBarnacle1

The variant I have been using lately is: Man plans; God laughs.


30 Jun 03 - 09:22 PM (#974809)
Subject: RE: Robert Burns-The wee plans of mice and m
From: GUEST,Allan S.

Thanks a million only 6 minutes WOW you guys are great...


01 Jul 03 - 09:25 PM (#974900)
Subject: RE: Robert Burns-The wee plans of mice and m
From: Amos

The particular line:

But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain;
The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men
Gang aft agley,
An'lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!



A


01 Jul 03 - 11:18 PM (#974919)
Subject: RE: Robert Burns-The wee plans of mice and m
From: Jim Dixon

gang = go
aft = often
agley = amiss, astray, awry

There is an old thread called Glossary of Scottish Words.


02 Jul 03 - 01:25 AM (#974942)
Subject: RE: Robert Burns-The wee plans of mice and m
From: Bob Bolton

G'day Jim (and Allan S),

If you scroll down, in the Quick Links slot at the top of the page, you will find that Mudcat also has a Scots Glossary ... they have to help out with these foreign languages ... Er - yes - there is also an Aussie Glossary ... um .. well ...

Regards,

Bob Bolton


02 Jul 03 - 02:40 AM (#974958)
Subject: RE: Robert Burns-The wee plans of mice and m
From: masato sakurai

The page Malcolm linked to above has a glossary. See also Critical Analysis: To a Mouse (with reading of the first stanza).