Robert Burns Life and Times

Burns Works
Chronogical Order

1774 - 1786

Handsome Nell - Autumn 1774
Now Westlin Winds Summer 1775
I Dream'd I Lay - composed when I was seventeen (Burns)
My Nanie, O - a very early period of life
Tragic Fragment - Mount Oliphant 1777?
O Tibbie, I Hae Seen The Day Lochlie 1777
One Night As I Did Wander - probably early

The Rigs O Barley about 1782
Farewell to Eliza
Winter: A Dirge
The Lass of Cessnock Banks
To Ruin - Winter, 1781-82
A Prayer in the Prospect of Death - 1784 probably 1781?
Stanzas, On the same occasion
Prayer Under The Pressure of Violent Anguish March, 1784
Fickle Fortune - Winter, 1781-82
Raging Fortune - Winter, 1781-82
I'll Go and Be A Sodger - Winter, 1781?
Paraphrase of The First Psalm
My Father was a Farmer - probably 1782
Montgomerie's Peggy
John Barleycorn: A Ballad
The Death and Dying Words of Poor Mailie - Lochlie

No Churchman Am I
Epitaph On James Grieve, Laird of Boghead, Tarbolton probably 1783-84
The Ruined Farmer probably 1783-84
Mary Morison - (Burns) one of my juvenile works 1784-85
Epitaph On My Own Friend And My Father's Friend, Wm. Muir in Tarbolton Mill April
Epitaph On A Celebrated Ruling Elder - April
Epitaph On A Noisy Polemic
Epitaph On Wee Johnie
Epitaph On My Honoured Father
Epitaph For Robert Aiken, Esq
Epitaph For Gavin Hamilton, Esq
Ballad On The American War
Address To The Unco Guid - March
The Ronalds Of The Bennals
The Tarbolton Lasses
The Belles Of Mauchline - about 1784-85
The Mauchline Lady
Green Grow The Rashes O
My Girl She's Airy
Epistle To John Rankine

On John Rankine
Reply To An Announcement by John Rankine
Epitaph On The Author - probably Mossgiel Period
Epistle to Davie, A Brother Poet January
The Twa Herds, or, The Holy Tulzie
Holy Willie's Prayer
Holy Willie
Death And Doctor Hornbook
On Tam The Chapman
Epistle To J. Lapraik - 1st April
Second Epistle To J. Lapraik - 2IstApril
Epistle to William Simpson - May
A Poet's Welcome To His Love-Begotten Daughter
The Fornicator
Poor Mailie's Elegy
The Vision
Epistle To John Goldie, In Kilmarnock - August
Man was Made to Mourn - A Dirge
Young Peggy - Autumn
The Braes O Ballochmyle
Third Epistle to J. Lapraik - 13th September
Epistle To The Rev. John McMath - 17th September
To A Mouse - November
Wee, sleekit, cowrin tim'rous beastie
The Holy Fair - probably August
The Twa Dogs
The Cotter's Saturday Night - Winter
The Mauchline Wedding - late Autumn

The Auld Farmer's New Year Morning Salutation To His Auld Mare, Maggie - probably shortly before February
Address To The Deil - Winter The De'il

Scotch Drink - Winter Scotch Whisky
Brose and Butter
Epistle To James Smith
The Rantin Dog, The Daddie O't - pretty early in life (Burns)
The Author's Earnest Cry and Prayer
Sketch - Mossgiel period
To A Louse
The Jolly Beggars - A Cantata
The Ordination - probably early January
The Inventory - Mossgiel, February 22nd
To John Kennedy, Dumfries House - Mossgiel 3rd March
Adam Armour's Prayer
The Lass O' Ballochmyle
Epistle to James Tennant of Glenconner
Inscribed On A Work Of Hannah More's
To A Mountain Daisy - April
Wee, modest crimson-tipped flow'r
The Lament
Despondency - An Ode
Ah, Woe is Me, My Mother Dear
Epitaph on a Henpecked Squire
Epigram on said Occasion
Stanzas on Naething
On a Scotch Bard - Summer
Second Epistle To Davie - before end of July
To Gavin Hamilton, Esq., Mauchline - Mossgiel, 3rd May
A Dedication
A Bard's Epitaph - last poem printed in Kilmarnock Edition
Epistle to a Young Friend - 15th May
Lines Written On A Bank Note - Summer
My Highland Lassie, O
Address of Beelzebub
Libel Summons
Epitaph On John Dove, Innkeeper
Epitaph For A Wag In Mauchline
Willie Chalmers
A Dream
To Dr. Mackenzie, Mauchline
The Farewell - 24th June
The Farewell - Summer
Tam Samson's Elegy
To Mr. John Kennedy - August
Reply To A Trimming Epistle Received From A Taylor
The Brigs Of Ayr - Autumn
To an Old Sweetheart
The Gloomy Night Is Gath'ring Fast
Tho Cruel Fate - Autumn
A Fragment - sent to John Richmond, 3rd September
The Calf - 8th September
Nature's Law - after 3rd September
On Meeting with Lord Daer - after 23rd October
Masonic Song - about 26th October
Epigram On Rough Roads - October, Highland Tour Period
Epistle To Major Logan - Mossgiel 30th October
A Winter Night - sent to John Ballantine, 20th November
Reply To An Invitation - probably 1785 or 1786
Prayer - O Thou Dread Power about November
The Night Was Still - around Autumn
Rusticity's Ungainly Form - sent to Archibald Lawrie, 13th November
Address to Edinburgh
Address To A Haggis Link to translation

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