This Life’s an Enchanted Fairy Land…

I came across a wonderful verse today by Robert Burns (1759 – 1796).  He wrote the song Auld Lang Syne.  The verse is from Epistle To James Smith.

Original Text in Scots

"This life, sae far’s I understand,
is an enchanted fairy land,
where pleasure is the magic wand, that weilded right,
maks hours like minutes, hand in hand dance by fir’ light."

Standard Modern English

This life, so far as I understand,
is an enchanted fairy land,
where pleasure is a magic wand, that wielded right,
makes hours like minutes, hand in hand dance by the firelight.

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