Carpe diem!! (Seize the carp!!)
"Nae fabled wizard's wand I trow
Had e'er the magic airt o' Gow,
When, wi' a wave, he draws his bow
Across his wondrous fiddle!"
The above verse comes from a fine poem, "To Mr Gow, Visiting Dumfries." ("The Songs & Poems of Robert Burns" James Barke edition, pub. 1955). It is open to debate as to whether or not it was written by Burns. But I like it! Hear the full version on my latest recording, "Niel Gow's Fiddle"!
(Robert Burns was born in Alloway, near Ayr, on the 25th January, 1759.)
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