Address to a Haggis

Address to a Haggis is one of Robert Burns' most famous and regularly performed poems. Written in 1786 not long after Burns arrived in Edinburgh, this poem has become the centrepiece of Burns' Suppers today.

In Burns' day, haggis was not an every day meal, and it could be described as a luxury item. As this was the case, it is not beyond possibility that Burns' 'Address' was ironic in its praise for the dish, and was pointing the finger at those who would revere it.

Here are the first two lines translated into 25 global languages:

  ‘Fair fa’ yer honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the puddin’ race!’

BG    Добре дошло на твоето честно, весело   лице,о вожде на наденичковата раса!

ES     Bienvenida sea tu honrada, alegre cara,Gran jefe de la raza salchicha!

CZ     Buď zdráva upřímná a radostná tváří, velká náčelnice jitrnicové rasy!

ET    Teretulemast sinu ausale, lustakale näole,   vorstirassi suur pealile!

DA    Velkommen du ærlige, muntre fjes, som vender af dette vort pølseræs!

FI     Tervehdys rehti ja reipas eväs mun, mahtava päällikkö palttujen suvun!

DE    Gepriesen dein Antlitz, ehrlich und rein, Sollst immer der Würste König du sein!

FR     Salut à toi, visage sincère et enjoué, A toi, grand chef de la race des boudins 

EL     Γειά σου αρχηγέ των λουκάνικων, μεγάλε αρχηγέ αυτής της ράτσας!

GA    Fearaim fáilte roimh do chroí macánta óg, A Thaoisigh chlann na bputóg!     

EN    Welcome to your honest, cheerful face, Great chieftain of the sausage race!

HR   Dobrodošla tvoja iskrena vesela lica, veliki šefe vrste kobasice!

HU   Üdvözöljük őszinte, vidám arcodat, A hurkafaj nagyszerű törzsfőnöke!

PL   Witaj oblicze szczere i radosne, o wielki wodzu kiełbasowej rasy!

IT     Benvenuto al tuo onesto, gioioso viso, Grande capo della razza salsiccia!

PT   Bem-vinda seja a tua presença honrada e alegre, grande chefe da raça das salsichas!

LT    Mielas taurus pone, būk Tu sveikas, Iš dešrų kilniausias Tavo veidas!

RO  Să traieşti stimate mic, nici nu mă-ndoiam eşti cel mai voinic!

LU    Mir gréissen däin éierlecht, frout Gesiicht, Grousse Chef vum Clan vun den Zoosissen!

SK   Vitaj tvoja úprimná a radostná tvár, náčelnička veľká rasy jaternic!

LV    Esi sveiks tu godigais, un jautrais desu karali!

SL   Dobrodošel moj častni, vesel prijatelj Veliki šef klobasnega dola!

MT   Merħba ja wiċċ sinċier daħkan, Mexxej kbir tal-ġens taz-zalzett!

SV   Välkommen ditt ärliga, gladlynta anlete, Du store härskare av korvstammen!

NL    Welkom aan uw eerlijk, vrolijk gezicht, Grote chef van het worstenras!

SG Gur brèagh d'aghaidh bhàigheil chaoin, A Mharag, rogha chlann nan daoin'

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