Robert Burns Statues of the World Canberra, Australia
This Statue to The Ploughman’s Poet was erected in 1935 at the corner of Canberra Avenue and National Circuit, Forrest, where the Burns Club once stood.
The plinth bears the words:

Burns Born 1759 - Died 1790 O wad some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as they see us It wad frae monie a blunder free us an foolish notion

Behind the statue are four friezes, bearing the a likeness to Burns’ works with quotes below (L-R):

But now your brow is beld john, your locks are like the snaw, but blessings on you frosty bow, John Anderson mu Jo


But mousie thou art no thy lane, in proving foresight may be vain, the best laid plans o mice and men, canc aft a cley


Kings may be blest but Tam was clorious O’er a the ills o life victorious


From scenes like these old Scotia’s granseur springs That makes her loved at home revered abroad

Status of the Inscription
The four-line transcription stated above for the text on the plinth bears a misleading resemblance to standard versions of the widely quoted-from Burns poem “To a Louse”. I often thinkof my mum with this poem as she loved recounting the story not just of the poem but the wee bit background to them, often quoted as just To a Louse the full title is “To A Louse, On Seeing One on a Lady’s Bonnet at Church”
The plinth transcription’s 2nd line
to see ourselves as they see us
corresponds to the typical Scottish-dialect version
to see oursels as ithers see us
which is sometimes quoted (even when the first line is left in a Scots version) with “ithers” translated to “others”, and less often with “oursels” also translated (to “ourselves”)
The final stanza (among the 8) of “To A Louse, On Seeing One On A Lady’s Bonnet, At Church” has six lines; the first two are the most often quoted. The final stanza, in Scots, reads
O wad some Power the giftie gie usTo see oursels as ithers see us!It wad frae mony a blunder free us,An’ foolish notion:What airs in dress an’ gait wad lea’e us,An’ ev’n devotion!

Robert Burns Statues of the World Canberra, Australia

This Statue to The Ploughman’s Poet was erected in 1935 at the corner of Canberra Avenue and National Circuit, Forrest, where the Burns Club once stood.

The plinth bears the words:

Burns
Born 1759 - Died 1790
O wad some power the giftie gie us
to see ourselves as they see us
It wad frae monie a blunder free us
an foolish notion

Behind the statue are four friezes, bearing the a likeness to Burns’ works with quotes below (L-R):

But now your brow is beld john, your locks are like the snaw, but blessings on you frosty bow, John Anderson mu Jo

But mousie thou art no thy lane, in proving foresight may be vain, the best laid plans o mice and men, canc aft a cley

Kings may be blest but Tam was clorious O’er a the ills o life victorious

From scenes like these old Scotia’s granseur springs That makes her loved at home revered abroad

Status of the Inscription

The four-line transcription stated above for the text on the plinth bears a misleading resemblance to standard versions of the widely quoted-from Burns poem “To a Louse”. I often thinkof my mum with this poem as she loved recounting the story not just of the poem but the wee bit background to them, often quoted as just To a Louse the full title is To A Louse, On Seeing One on a Lady’s Bonnet at Church”

The plinth transcription’s 2nd line

to see ourselves as they see us

corresponds to the typical Scottish-dialect version

to see oursels as ithers see us

which is sometimes quoted (even when the first line is left in a Scots version) with “ithers” translated to “others”, and less often with “oursels” also translated (to “ourselves”)

The final stanza (among the 8) of “To A Louse, On Seeing One On A Lady’s Bonnet, At Church” has six lines; the first two are the most often quoted. The final stanza, in Scots, reads

O wad some Power the giftie gie usTo see oursels as ithers see us!It wad frae mony a blunder free us,An’ foolish notion:What airs in dress an’ gait wad lea’e us,An’ ev’n devotion!

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