'To a Mouse'

‘To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough’ was written by Robert Burns (1759-1796) in 1785, and featured the following year in ‘Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect’ (commonly known as the ‘Kilmarnock’ edition). He used a traditional 17th-century stanza form, called the ‘Standard Habbie’. The mouse prepared diligently for the hardships of winter. Now its industrious efforts have been in vain. The speaker expresses sympathy for its vulnerability and plight, but declares ‘thou art blest, compared wi’ me’. He is conscious of his own grim situation and, indeed, the precarious existence of mankind as a whole. 

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