Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the pudding-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o’a grace
As lang’s my arm.
The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o’need,
While thro’ your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.
His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An’ cut you up wi’ ready sleight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like ony ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Then, horn for horn, they stretch an’ strive:
Deil tak the hindmost! on they drive,
Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve
Are bent like drums;
Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
Is there that owre his French ragout
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad make her spew
Wi’ perfect sconner,
Looks down wi’ sneering, scornfu’ view
On sic a dinner?
Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
As feckless as wither’d rash,
His spindle shank, a guid whip-lash;
His nieve a nit;
Thro’ bloody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!
But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread.
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He’ll mak it whissle;
An’ legs an’ arms, an’ heads will sned,
Like taps o’ thrissle.
Ye Pow’rs, wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o’ fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu’ prayer
Gie her a haggis!
Haggis is traditionally served as part of the Burns supper on January 25, when Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns, is commemorated. It is a savoury pudding made of sheep’s heart, liver and lungs minced up with onion, oatmeal, suet (animal fat), salt and spices. It used to be enclosed in the animal’s stomach but these days it is made using sausage casing rather than an actual stomach – ach! Authentic Scottish haggis has been banned in the US since 1971, because the USDA did not approve of using sheep’s lungs in food. I’ve had reservations about trying a veggie version of this dish, rather like my reluctance to try veggie black pudding or intestines (oh yes – I have seen them!). But my friend who recently returned from visiting his Mum in Scotland bought me one and we cooked it for supper tonight. It was really nice!
In case you are wondering…
Ingredients; Oats, Water, Lentils (8%), Rapeseed Oil, Kidney Beans (5%), Rehydrated Onions, Carrot (3%), Swede (3%), Mushrooms, Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Salt, Spices, Pepper, May contain Wheat (Gluten).