What!? Still no Sherlock?

Aug, Nov, Dec 2021
Digital collage, including oils on board / computer generated
92cm (36") x 61.5cm (24")

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Robert Burns

A Man's A Man For A' That

Is there, for honest poverty
0000That hangs his head, and a' that;
The coward slave, we pass him by,
0000We dare be poor for a' that!
For a' that, and a' that,
0000Our toils obscure, and a' that,
The rank is but the guinea's stamp,
0000The Man's the gowd for a' that.

What though on hamely fare we dine,
0000Wear hoddin grey, and a' that;
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine,
0000A man's a man for a' that!
For a' that, and a' that,
0000Their tinsel show, and a' that
The honest man, though e'er sae poor,
0000Is king o' men for a' that!

Ye see yon birkie, ca'd a lord,
0000Wha struts, and stares, and a' that;
Though hundreds worship at his words,
0000He's but a coof for a' that.
For a' that, and a' that,
0000His riband star, and a' that,
The man of independent mind
0000He looks and laughs at a' that.

Then let us pray that come it may -
0000As come it will for a' that -
That sense and worth, o'er a' the earth,
0000May bear the gree, and a' that,
For a' that, and a' that,
0000It's coming yet for a' that,
That man to man, the world o'er,
0000Shall brothers be for a' that!

Gowd = gold
Hamely = homely
Hoddin = coarse woollen cloth
Gie = give
Sae = so
Birkie = fellow
Coof = simpleton, fool
Gree = prize