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As Scots the world-over prepare to celebrate Burns Night, we’re sharing ‘A Red Red Rose’ one of Burns’ most famous songs, originally published in Volume V of The Scots Musical Museum (1796), and in the Oxford World’s Classics book Robert Burns’ Selected Poems and Songs.

As Scots the world-over prepare to celebrate Burns Night, we’re sharing ‘A Red Red Rose’ one of Burns’ most famous songs, originally published in Volume V of The Scots Musical Museum (1796), and in the Oxford World’s Classics book Robert Burns’ Selected Poems and Songs.

"Why should we idly waste our prime
Repeating our oppressions?
Come rouse to arms! ‘Tis now the time
To punish past transgressions.
‘Tis said that Kings can do no wrong -
Their murderous deeds deny it,
And, since from us their power is sprung,
We have a right to try it.
Now each true patriot’s song shall be: -
‘Welcome Death or Libertie!’

Proud Priests and Bishops we’ll translate
And canonize as Martyrs;
The guillotine on Peers shall wait;
And Knights shall hang in garters.
Those Despots long have trode us down,
And Judges are their engines:
Such wretched minions of a Crown
Demand the people’s vengeance!
To-day ‘tis theirs. Tomorrow we
Shall don the Cap of Libertie!

The Golden Age we’ll then revive:
Each man will be a brother;
In harmony we all shall live,
And share the earth together;
In Virtue train’d, enlighten’d Youth
Will love each fellow-creature;
And future years shall prove the truth
That Man is good by nature:
Then let us toast with three times three
The reign of Peace and Libertie!

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— Rabbie Burns’ “Why Should We Idly Waste Our Prime” (via battaille)
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"The protection of human life comes first. And to the extent that the debate is about whether it is acceptable to destroy a living human being for the purpose of science – even for the purpose of helping other human beings – I think that in that sense, the embryo is our equal. That doesn’t mean that I would think of an embryo in the same way that I would think of a three-year-old child, but I would reject a technique that uses either of them for scientific experimentation… MY APPROACH TO THIS IS NOT RELIGIOUS. I’m not a particularly religious person and I come at this from more of a liberal democratic concern for human equality and the foundations of our society. That being said, those foundations are not utterly secular, and my understanding of them is not utterly secular. I think that to believe in human equality you do have to have some sense of a transcendent standard by which to make that judgment. In other words, when we talk about equality, what do we mean? Equal in relation to what?