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A Man's A Man For A' That - Poem by Robert Burns

Is there for honesty poverty
That hings his head, an' a' that;
The coward slave - we pass him by,
We dare be poor for a' that!
For a' that, an' a' that,
Our toils obscure an' a' that,
The rank is but the guinea's stamp,
The man's the gowd for a' that.

What though on hamely fare we dine,
Wear hoddin grey, an' a' that?
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine,
A man's a man for a' that.
For a' that, an' a' that,
Their tinsel show, an' a' that,
The honest man, tho' e'er sae poor,
Is king o' men for a' that.

Ye see yon birkie ca'd a lord,
Wha struts, an' stares, an' a' that;
Tho' hundreds worship at his word,
He's but a coof for a' that.
For a' that, an' a' that,
His ribband, star, an' a' that,
The man o' independent mind
He looks an' laughs at a' that.

A price can mak a belted knight,
A marquise, duke, an' a' that;
But an honest man's aboon his might,
Gude faith, he maunna fa' that!
For a' that, an' a' that,
Their dignities an' a' that,
The pith o' sense, an' pride o' worth,
Are higher rank than a' that.

Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a' that,)
That Sense and Worth, o'er a' the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an' a' that.
For a' that, an' a' that,
That man to man, the world o'er,
Shall brithers be for a' that.

Comments about A Man's A Man For A' That by Robert Burns

  • Gold Star - 51,960 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/12/2015 2:51:00 AM)

    Before god all are equal. Great imaginations and counsel in the poem. I likes it. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Janet Thompson Deaver (6/10/2013 5:41:00 PM)

    Robert’s main theme lies in “pith o’ sense and pride o’ worth.” No matter what his or her station in life is, no person is above another. Their inner core (pith) , their brain gives them pride (worth) . (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Martha Bayenda (3/13/2013 2:16:00 AM)

    Burns defined what an honest man was. An honest man can not be bribed by class, an honest man may be a poor man but an honest man is an independent man. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Honesty

  1. 1. A Man's A Man For A' That , Robert Burns
  2. 2. I Keep Six Honest... , Rudyard Kipling
  3. 3. Poor Honest Men , Rudyard Kipling
  4. 4. Too Honest , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  5. 5. The Honest Shepherd , Matthew Prior
  6. 6. Lo! In Thine Honest Eyes I Read , Robert Louis Stevenson
  7. 7. How Fortunate The Man With None , Bertolt Brecht
  8. 8. What Teachers Make , Taylor Mali
  9. 9. The Orphan's Friend , Julia Ann Moore
  10. 10. Partially Honest , hasmukh amathalal
  11. 11. Y..... A Flake Of Truth , Aufie Zophy
  12. 12. (154) Contemporary Sin (Oneryu) , premji premji
  13. 13. Do You Think You'Re Honest? , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  14. 14. Struggle , Vidyadhara ...
  15. 15. Truth Is On The Inside , Lyn Paul
  16. 16. *for Redemption , Usha Pisharody
  17. 17. Honesty , Barbery M. Evans
  18. 18. Wall, Cave, And Pillar Statements, After.. , Alan Dugan
  19. 19. Changing Times... , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  20. 20. The Crying Of The Sky , Lyn Paul
  21. 21. In All Honesty , Erica Francis
  22. 22. The Parson's Tale , Geoffrey Chaucer
  23. 23. Has Our Country Changed? , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  24. 24. Affordability , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  25. 25. Golden Mean , Persian Nightingale
  26. 26. One Life To Live One Life To Love , pinky porwal
  27. 27. Trust (Haiku) , Kelly Kurt
  28. 28. An Honestly Love.. , hazem al jaber
  29. 29. Children... , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  30. 30. Honesty Doesn'T Belong , hasmukh amathalal
  31. 31. *admittance* , Alien Girl
  32. 32. Sincerity, Honesty And Truthfulness , ramesh rai
  33. 33. Honesty , Ben Paynter
  34. 34. Love Is An Honor , hasmukh amathalal
  35. 35. Ph: Love: Bible: A Promise Of Covenant R.. , Brian Johnston
  36. 36. No Debate , hasmukh amathalal
  37. 37. *honesty , Abdul Wahab
  38. 38. >≫≫Honesty Of A Thief , Abdul Wahab
  39. 39. Strange Entity , hasmukh amathalal
  40. 40. Live By The Lie , Eric Cockrell
  41. 41. Beautiful Blue Eyes , Arti Chopra
  42. 42. Keep Honesty , gajanan mishra
  43. 43. A Perfect Girl.... , Fatima Obaid
  44. 44. Gone To Seed , Subroto Chatterjee
  45. 45. Only Love Counts , samuel nze
  46. 46. Communication (Creation) , Eric Cockrell
  47. 47. Dogtime , Ted Sheridan
  48. 48. Where Is The High Wind? , Aftab Alam
  49. 49. Who We Are , Theresa Ann Moore
  50. 50. Mr. New York_ A Limerick , Ellias Anderson C.A ( Known ..
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