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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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,093 Points Bill Wright (4/17/2016 10:39:00 AM)

    There is a very important line missing from the last verse as published here. If you look carefully you will see the last verse only has 7 lines instead of 8. The missing line comes after For a' that... and should read It's coming yet, for a' that, . Burns was an international socialist centuries ahead of his time, he fervently believed that all men are born equal, and many Scots share that sentiment with him. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 63,334 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

  • 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

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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
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