Old Porch, Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

Chorus:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint stowp!
And surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Chorus

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
Sin’ auld lang syne.

Chorus

We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin’ auld lang syne.

Scottish poet Robert Frost sent the poem ‘Auld Lang Syne to the Scots Musical Museum in 1788 indicating that it was an ancient song but that he’d been the first to record it on paper.

The English translation,

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

CHORUS
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine†;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

CHORUS
And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

It’s been a tradition, not only in Scotland but a favorite around the world to sing at midnight on New Year’s Eve, and even at graduations and funerals.

Whenever I hear the song, I think of past and present friendships- so what more appropriate song/poem can we have for this place which is full of friends and encouragement on this eve before 2019.

There’s a Swedish proverb which says, Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.

C.S. Lewis once quipped, “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.

and Hellen Keller remarked that “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.

As we look back on the past year, and hope for a new year of health, happiness and maybe even the blessed return of Jesus, I just wanted to say again how grateful I am that God gave Daisy and I the way to make this site possible, and how much He has blessed us with each other, all of you and everyone who comes here.  Even in the span on one short year, it’s been a long one in many ways, with it’s share of sudden sadness, hard questions, hurts and losses, but also encouragement, love and charity, strengthening bonds and getting to know each other more as brothers and sisters than even friends.

We’re not always able to ‘choose’ our family, and I think in a way that’s been true here as well. God seems to do the choosing and putting people in each others hearts to leave footprints there, whether they remain walking in our hearts for a season or for our entire lives.  He is the Light of the world, and shares it with us, and we’ve done our best to let His light shine from here with each other and for others who come, or lurk.

So, in this coming year there will be a lot of the same ol’ same world goings on, but here on the porch, we’ll keep things sane, keep things focused and be encouraging and caring for whoever ventures in.

And for our MG and Snake and their guys… wherever they are, God watch over them and bless them, and keep them safe.  I pray that maybe they will get to spend a little more time here at home than gone in the coming year.

This is an open New Years Eve…. come in and celebrate!

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