Poet Robert Burns


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Burns, sometimes known as the 'ploughman poet', was the eldest son of a poverty-stricken farmer. Though his father had moved to Ayrshire, where Burns was born, in order to attempt to improve his fortunes, he eventually died as a bankrupt - after taking on first one farm and then, unsuccessful, moving to another - in 1784. Robert, who had been to school since the age of six, and was also educated at home by a teacher, had, by the age of fifteen, already become the farm's chief labourer. He had also acquired a reading knowledge of French and Latin and had...

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Op, Alle Christne, Stemmer I

Nicolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig

Op, alle Christne, stemmer i!
Om Christus vil vi sjunge,
Med Sjæl og Hjerte sjunge vi,
Alt som med Mund og Tunge,
Og prise Herrens Kiærlighed,
Som sendte os fra Himlen ned...

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Anne Killigrew

Anne Killigrew was an English poet. Born in London, Killigrew is perhaps best known as the subject of a famous elegy by the poet John Dryden entitled To The Pious Memory of the Accomplish'd Young Lady Mrs. Anne Killigrew (1686). She...

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