"My love is like a red, red rose" - Burns (anglicised) by Philip Mitchell
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"My love is like a red, red rose" - Burns (anglicised) by 


Along with Auld lang syne this is probably the best known and best loved poem by Robert Burns, Scotland’s most famous bard. It has twice been voted among Britain’s top hundred. Like so many of his other pieces, Burns intended this one to be sung, and the tune he wanted to go with it was called Major Graham, attributed to Neil Gow.

Because of its great popularity, I had had in mind to illustrate A red, red rose for some time, but it was only learning to do collages in Adobe Photoshop that provided a solution I finally liked. The rose featured here is an old-fashioned variety such as Burns himself would have recognised more than two hundred years ago. It blooms (of course) in early June.

This would make an unusual, stylish and therefore classy Valentine’s Day card.

It is likely that these words are the ones most English readers would recognise, but there is another, possibly more authentic, Scots version:

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose,
That’s newly sprung in June:
O my Luve’s like the melodie,
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare-thee-weel, my only Luve!
And fare-thee-weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ ’twere ten thousand mile!

I am based near Winchester in mid-Hampshire (UK) and have enjoyed photographing a wide variety of subjects for over 40 years, though the digital revolution has been a real boon.

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  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 5 years ago

  • Thank you. Philip

    – Philip Mitchell

  • ©The Creative  Minds
    ©The Creative ...about 5 years ago

    Great one! Love it…Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • I am so glad you enjoyed it: thank you for making this a favourite. Philip

    – Philip Mitchell

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