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Poem by Robert Burns: 'The Jolly Beggars - A Cantata' (page 01 of 16)

Introduction:
This is the manuscript Burns wrote to give to Stewart & Meikle, the publishers of its first twopenny edition. The Cantata is a series of tales influenced by John Gay's Beggars Opera and other works. Burns relates the life stories of eight local vagabonds assembled in a Mauchline Inn in a loquacious and jolly mood. (poem no 84)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT336A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Poem by Robert Burns 'The Jolly Beggars - A Cantata'
Subject:
When at Mossgeil in 1785 Burns and friend John Richmond visited an Inn in Mauchline where they experienced the inebriated setting and vagabond characters which inspired this work. It was his only attempt at a longer work capable of being staged.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
John Richmond (1765-1846) (friend of Burns)
When:
1785 (when composed)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
When at Mossgeil in 1785 Burns and friend John Richmond visited an Inn in Mauchline where they experienced the inebriated setting and vagabond characters which inspired this work. It was his only attempt at a longer work capable of being staged.
Description:
In page 1 Burns sets the scene, outside it is cold but inside Poosie Nancie's Inn there is a happy if ragged group of disorderly vagabonds singing loud enough to make the roof shake. First to be introduced is the soldier, with his girl, his whisky and a warm blanket all to comfort him.