Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 1796) was a famous poet born in Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland. Some of his most famous poems include To A Mouse, Auld Lang Syne, and Tam O'Shanter. Burns is seen as the national poet of Scotland. Much of his work is written in broad Scots, a version of English. His poem and song A Man's A Man For A' That was sung at the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999.
"To A Louse, On Seeing One on a Lady's Bonnet at Church" is a 1786 Scots poem by Robert Burns:
- O, wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us
- To see oursels as ithers see us!
- It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
- An' foolish notion:
- What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us,
- An' ev'n devotion!