THE SELKIRK GRACE
This plaque is mounted on the wall of the Rose Garden opposite Robert Burns's House & Museum in Dumfries. Although the "Selkirk Grace" is attributed to Robert Burns, a version was known in the 17th century as the Galloway Grace or the Covenanters' Grace and was said in Lallans (the Lowland Scots dialect). The first verse below is usually said at Burns Suppers. Traditionally, Burns is said to have delivered an extempore version in Standard English at a dinner given by the Earl of Selkirk, and hence the name by which it is now known.
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.
Another Burns Grace:
A GRACE BEFORE DINNER
O thou who kindly dost provide
For ev'ry creature's want!
We bless the God of Nature wide,
For all Thy goodness lent.
And if it please Thee, heavenly Guide,
May never worse be sent;
But, whether granted or denied,
Lord, bless us with content.
A GRACE AFTER DINNER
O Thou, in whom we live and move,
Who made the sea and shore,
Thou goodness constantly we prove,
And, grateful, would adore.
And, if it please Thee, Power above!
Still grant us with such store
The friend we trust, the fair we love,
And we desire no more.
Robert Burns 1759 - 1796.