Scottish Poetry Selection
- A Bottle and a Friend

Here is a poem by Robert Burns, a frequent customer at the Globe Inn. Burns' "Catch the moments as they fly" pre-dates "Carpe Diem" and the "Dead poet's Society" by about 200 years.

A Bottle and a Friend

"Here's a bottle and an honest friend
What wad ye wish for mair, man?
Wha kens, before his life may end,
What his share may be o' care, man?

Then catch the moments as they fly,
And use them as ye ought, man;
Believe me, happiness is shy,
And comes no ay when sought, man!"

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