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Published on Aug 9, 2007
Lionel McClellend of Moffat performs his own version of the famous Robert Burns ode to humanity.
A man is one who stops to help another without a second thought. A man is one who works for his family and friends without a care in his heart. A man is one gives to all and fights for what is right. A man looks upon many things in this life with a faith that burns deep in the soul. The trick in this life is learning what a man should be not what society has made them become. And with all this a man is an honest man who's word is always enough.
Is there for honest poverty That hangs 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 The rank is but the guinea's stamp The man's the gowd(gold) for a' that What though on hamely(homely) fare we dine Wear hoddin grey(course wollen cloth), an' a' that Gie(give) 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, though e'er sae poor Is king o' men for a' that Ye see yon birkie(fellow) ca'd a lord Wha struts an' stares an' a' that Tho' hundreds worship at his word He's but a coof(fool) for a' that For a' that, an' a' that The man o' independent mind He looks an' laughs at a' that A prince can mak'(make) a belted knight A marquise, duke, an' a' that But an honest man's aboon( above) his might Gude(good) faith, he maunna( must not) fa' that For a' that an' a' that Their dignities an' a' that The pith o' sense an' pride o' worth Are higher rank that 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( have priority) an' a' that For a' that an' a' that It's coming yet for a' that That man to man, the world o'er Shall brithers( brothers) be for a' that