The following table of lyrics includes the first few stanzas of the James Watson poem, probably derived from the same folk song that Burns used as the basis for his poem.
|Old Long Syne, by James Watson (1711)||Burns’ original Scotsverse||English translation|
|Scots pronunciation guide|
(as Scots speakers would sound)
|IPA pronunciation guide|
Should Old Acquaintance be forgot,
My Heart is ravisht with delight,
Since thoughts of thee doth banish grief,
(several further stanzas)
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp !
We twa hae run about the braes,
We twa hae paidl’d i' the burn,
And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere !
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !
We two have run about theslopes,
We two have paddled in thestream,
And there’s a hand my trustyfriend !
Shid ald akwentans bee firgot,
An sheerly yil bee yur pynt-staup!
We twa hay rin aboot the braes,
We twa hay pedilt in the burn,
An thers a han, my trustee feer!