Robert Burns- A Man’s A Man

Der Text ist ein um 1795 ent­standenes schot­tis­ches Lied von Robert Burns. Auf­grund des darin aus­ge­drück­ten Wun­sches nach Gle­ich­heit und Gerechtigkeit  lässt es sich für mich auch in heutige Bere­iche über­tra­gen. Das Stück gehört zu meinen Favoriten von Burns.

 

A Man’s A Man

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
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, though 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 prince can mak a belt­ed knight,
A mar­quis, duke, an a’ that
But an hon­est man’s above his might –
Guid faith, he mustn‘t 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
It’s comin yet for a’ that
That man to man the warld o’er
Shall brithers be for a’ that

 

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