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Re: "O, w'ad the power some giftie....."

Posted by Woodchuck on December 10, 2002

In Reply to: "O, w'ad the power some giftie....." posted by Tidepool on December 10, 2002

: What are those lines of poetry (and who was the poet who wrote them) that go something like "O, w'ad the power some giftie g'e us, to see oursel's as others see us."

: And what exactly is a "giftie" or whatever it is, anyway?

: Tidepool

It's Robert Burns' "To A Louse". "Giftie" is gift. The original and it's translation can be found at the link below.