A Man’s a Man for A’ That

By Mihran Kalaydjian, CHA

Consultant, Strategist, and Writer


A Man’s a Man for A’ That 

Is there for honesty poverty
That hings his head, an’ a’ that;
The coward slave – we pass him by,
We dare be poor for a’ that!
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
Our toils obscure an’ a’ that,
The rank is but the guinea’s stamp,
The man’s the gowd for a’ that.

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

Ye see yon birkie ca’d a lord,
Wha struts, an’ stares, an’ a’ that;
Tho’ hundreds worship at his word,
He’s but a coof for a’ that.
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
His ribband, star, an’ a’ that,
The man o’ independent mind
He looks an’ laughs at a’ that.

A price can mak a belted knight,
A marquise, duke, an’ a’ that;
But an honest man’s aboon his might,
Gude faith, he maunna fa’ that!
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
Their dignities an’ a’ that,
The pith o’ sense, an’ pride o’ worth,
Are higher rank than a’ that.

Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a’ that,)
That Sense and Worth, o’er a’ the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an’ a’ that.
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
That man to man, the world o’er,
Shall brithers be for a’ that.

8 thoughts on “A Man’s a Man for A’ That

    1. “Celtic” refers to a family of languages just like Germanic, Slavic, Romance etc.

      Gaelic is one particular Celtic language with three varieties: Irish, Scots and Manx (Extinct).

      The ancient Gallic of France, Belgium and Switzerland represents probably the purest form of Celtic. It began dying out shortly after the conquest of France by Jullius Caesar (44 B.C.) although one dialect of it survived in the province of Auvergne until the 7th Century A.D.

      The original homeland of the Celts was probably in what is now Austria, Czechslovakia and southern Poland. A few ancient Celtic place names still exist in these countries, like Gratz in Austria which seems to be connected to Gaelic Cro Ard or “High Hill.”

      There were once pockets of Celtic speakers in England, Spain, Portugal, Northern Italy and Asia Minor (Turkey) but their languages all died out between the 4th and 18th centuries A.D.

      The modern Celtic languages like Gaelic (Irish & Scots), Welsh, Cornish and Breton are sometimes called “Neo-Celtic” languages since they are still not Celtic in the sense that Ancient Gallic (or Gaulish ) was. For example, Breton contains numerous loanwords from French while Gaelic and Welsh have their English borrowings.

      Finally, this language caked GAELIC

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