A man's a man for a' that (John Brown)

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  • (Posted 2019-09-22)  CPDL #55404:     
Editor: John Brown (submitted 2019-09-22).   Score information: A4, 3 pages   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A simple arrangement of this well-known song.

General Information

Title: A man's a man for a' that

Composer: John Brown
Lyricist: Robert Burns

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2019

External websites:

Original text and translations

English.png English text

Is there for honest poverty
that hangs his head, an' a' that;
the coward slave, we pass him by
we dare be poor for a' that!

For a' that, an' a' that.
Our toils obscure an' a' that,
the rank is but the guinea's stamp,
the man's the gowd for a' that.

What though on hamely fare we dine
Wear hoddin grey, an' a' that;
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine
A man's a man, for a' that.

For a' that, an' a' that.
Their tinsel show an' a' that.
The honest man, though e'er sae poor
is king o' men for a' that.

Then let us pray that come it may,
as come it will for a' that,
that sense and worth, o'er a' the earth
shall bear the gree an' a' that.

For a' that an' a' that
it's coming yet for a' that,
that man to man, the world o'er
shall brothers be for a' that.