Saturday, December 31, 2011

For Auld Lang Syne, My Dear


To celebrate the ne'er here in Scotland  - and around the world  - we sing a song, to say goodbye to the old and bring in the new, to celebrate friends past and present and rejoice in those we love.

Auld Lang Syne asks rhetorically if, with friendships and loved ones specifically in mind, we should allow ourselves to  forgot the old times and all that has gone before?   I know that we shouldn't, for it is our past and the people from those days that have made us who we are today: each person contributing in some way to our lives, each one teaching us something about the world and about ourselves, too.

So tonight I will be remembering loved ones and friends, past and present, and the good and not-so-good times that we have shared, thanking them for all that they have done for me, and celebrating all that they mean to me.

To old friends and new, to loved ones true and dear, here's to the ne'er of twenty-twelve: may it bring you much love, joy, laughter and happiness.





"Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give us a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne."




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