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The Selkirk Grace

Scots prayer said afore eatin

The Selkirk Grace, is a prayer said afore eatin that's event tae Robert Burns:[1]

    Some hae meat and canna eat,
    And some wad eat that want it,
    But we hae meat and we can eat,
    Sae let the Lord be Thankit!

On page 173 o The complete works of Robert Burns (Gebbie Sel-interpretin edeetion in 6 volumms furthset bi Bigelow, Brown & Co., New York). The beuk rig is embossed "Library Edition" an the latest copyricht date is 1909 hauden bi James Perkins & Co.

Volume IV haes a fitmerk "Epigram on the Laird of Laggan". The relevant pairt reads:

"In connection with the poet's visit to the seat of the Earl of Selkirk, it is stated by Cunningham,[wha?] that at one of the meals there, Burns was asked to say Grace, and he delivered what is usually styled 'The Selkirk Grace'":[2]

    Some Folk hae meat that canna eat,
    And some can eat that want it;
    But we hae meat, and we can eat,
    So let the Lord be Thanket!


  1. "Burns Supper at Alexandria's Robert Burns Club". Retrieved 23 Mairch 2022.
  2. "What is the Selkirk Grace prayer - and why is it recited on Burns Night?". (in Inglis). Retrieved 23 Mairch 2022.