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  1. Tam O’Shanter By Robert Burns

  2. What is Tam O’Shanter? • Tam O’Shanter is a poem written by Robert Burns • The name O’Shanter comes from the old Scottish word ‘mishanter’ meaning bad luck or misfortune • The poem is a mixture of English and the Scots dialect • It was written in 1790 and first published in 1791

  3. What is the poem about? • Tam is a farmer who gets drunk and leaves the pub to go home on his horse called Meg • On the way home he sees a haunted church lit up with witches dancing and the devil playing bagpipes • Tam decides to go into the church, Allway Kirk, to watch them and sees a pretty witch in a short dress so shouts “Cutty Sark” which means short skirt in Scots • He is noticed and all dancing and music stop then the witches chase him and Meg to the river • The witches cannot cross the water but as Meg approaches the river they pull her tail off

  4. Karen Dunbar • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1TpgoqHWbE

  5. When chapman billies leave the street, And drouthyneibors, neibors, meet; As market days are wearing late, And folk begin to tak the gate, While we sit bousing at the nappy, An' getting fou and unco happy,

  6. We think na on the lang Scots miles, The mosses, waters, slaps and stiles, That lie between us and our hame, Where sits our sulky, sullen dame, Gathering her brows like gathering storm, Nursing her wrath to keep it warm.

  7. This truth fand honest Tam o' Shanter
As he frae Ayr ae night did canter
(Auld Ayr, wham ne'er a town surpasses
For honest men and bonny lasses).

  8. O Tam! had'st thou but been sae wise
As ta'en thy ain wife Kate's advice!
She tauld thee weel thou was a skellum
A blethering, blustering, drunken blellum
That frae November till October
Ae market-day thou was nae sober
That ilka melderwi' the miller
Thou sat as Lang as thou had siller

  9. That ev'rynaig was ca'd a shoe on
The smith and thee gat roaring fou on
That at the Lord's house, even on Sunday
Thou drank wi' Kirkton Jean till Monday
She prophesied, that, late or soon
Thou would be found deep drown'd in Doon
Or catch'dwi' warlocks in the mirk
By Alloway's auld, haunted kirk

  10. Ah, gentle dames! it gars me greet
To think how mony counsels sweet
How monylengthen'd sage advices
The husband frae the wife despises!

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