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January 25: Robert Burns (1759)

It was on this date, January 25, 1759, that the national poet of Scotland, Robert Burns, was born in Alloway, near Ayr. Most of his poems were written in the meter of the popular songs of his day, so Burns could be called a lyricist as well as a poet. At age 21 Burns became a Freemason and embraced a libertine lifestyle, a religion of earthly life. Burns was contemptuous of the narrow Calvinism of his day. In 1788 he wrote, “it becomes a man of sense to think for himself.”…

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Originally published January 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.

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