BURNABY (NEWS1130) – SFU is celebrating a new world record following a Robbie Burns Day poetry-reading marathon.
Over 100 people spent four hours, nine minutes and 24 seconds reciting the words, including SFU President Andrew Petter, Vancouver Whitecaps President Bob Lenarduzzi, Bard on the Beach Artistic Director Christopher Gaze and Robbie Burns relative Teresa Margaret King.
News of the marathon even reached Scotland today. Faculty and students at the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow Skyped in with their favourite Burns selections, like this one:
A Bard’s Epitaph
Is there a whim-inspired fool,
Owre fast for thought, owre hot for rule,
Owre blate to seek, owre proud to snool,
Let him draw near;
And owre this grassy heap sing dool,
And drap a tear.
Is there a bard of rustic song,
Who, noteless, steals the crowds among,
That weekly this area throng,
O, pass not by!
But, with a frater-feeling strong,
Here, heave a sigh.
Is there a man, whose judgment clear
Can others teach the course to steer,
Yet runs, himself, life’s mad career,
Wild as the wave,
Here pause-and, thro’ the starting tear,
Survey this grave.
The poor inhabitant below
Was quick to learn the wise to know,
And keenly felt the friendly glow,
And softer flame;
But thoughtless follies laid him low,
And stain’d his name!
Reader, attend! whether thy soul
Soars fancy’s flights beyond the pole,
Or darkling grubs this earthly hole,
In low pursuit:
Know, prudent, cautious, self-control
Is wisdom’s root.
– Robbie Burns (1786)