Detailed below are the Songs and Poems of Burns’ “Kilmarnock Edition”, the first volume of his Work to be published. The songs/poems are listed in the Order they appeared in the original Edition. Click on the appropriate link to access the full Text

The Twa Dogs, A Tale

Scotch Drink

The Author’s Earnest Cry and Prayer, to the right honorable, and honorable, the Scotch representatives in the House of Commons

The Holy Fair

Address to the Deil

The death and dying Words of Poor Maillie

Poor Maillie’s Elegy

To J. S**** [ Later referred to as “Epistle to James Smith” ]

A Dream

The Vision


The auld Farmer’s new-year-morning Salutation to his auld Mare, Maggy, on giving her the accustomed ripp of Corn to hansel in the new year

The Cotter’s Saturday night, inscribed to R. A. Esq;

To a Mouse, on turning her up in her Nest, with the Plough, November 1785

Epistle to Davie, a brother Poet

The Lament – Occasioned by the unfortunate issue of a friend’s amo

Man was made to mourn, a Dirge

Winter, a Dirge

A Prayer in the prospect of Death

To a Mountain-Daisy, on turning one down, with a plough, in April 1786

To Ruin

Epistle to a Young Friend

On a Scotch Bard gone to the West Indies

A Dedication to G.H. Esq – [ Later referred to as “A Dedication to Gavin Hamilton, Esq.” ]

To a Louse, on seeing one on a Lady’s bonnet at Church

Epistle to John L*****k, an old Scotch Bard ………… [ Later referred to as “Epistle to J. Lapraik” ]

…….. to the Same – [ Later referred to as “Second Epistle to J. Lapraik” ]

……. to W.S*****n, Ochiltree………. [ Later referred to as “Epistle to William Simpson” ]

…… to J.R******, enclosing some Poems ……….. [ Later referred to as “Epistle to John Rankine” ]

It was on a Lammas night [ Later referred to as “The Rigs o’ Barley” ]

Now westlin winds, and slaught’ring guns [ Later referred to as “Now Westlin Winds” and “Song Composed in August” ]

From thee, Eliza, I must go

The Farewell – To the Brethren of St James’s Lodge, Tarbolton

Epitaphs and Epigrams

A Bard’s Epitaph