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. Jonathan Caswell – Douglas, MA – Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest
    Jonathan Caswell says:

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    SUCH LANGUAGE—IS THAT WELSH OR GAELIC?????

    1. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.
      mihrank says:

      “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

      1. Jonathan Caswell – Douglas, MA – Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest
        Jonathan Caswell says:

        It looked like it. Looked similar to Scottish, if I’d have to guess! Thanks for the explanation. 🙂

  2. Jonathan Caswell – Douglas, MA – Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest
    Jonathan Caswell says:

    AND WHAT DIALECT OF THE KING’S ENGLISH IS THAT??? 🙂

    1. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.
      mihrank says:

      this dialect has similarities to the King’s/Queen’s English from a couple centuries ago.

      Thank you

      1. Jonathan Caswell – Douglas, MA – Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest
        Jonathan Caswell says:

        AYE-YUH. 🙂

  3. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.
    mihrank says:

    Very much appreciate it!

  4. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder – Kolkata , India – What I feel, I write.... An avid blogger, scribbling randomly poetry, fiction, reviews and just anything that attracts my attention. For book reviews, website/app/product reviews, kindly contact me at maniparna5002@hotmail.com and maniparnasm@gmail.com. For book reviews or product reviews contact me at maniparna5002@hotmail.com maniparnasm@gmail.com
    Maniparna Sengupta Majumder says:

    Hi, Ruchi’s blog has brought me here… 🙂

    A wonderful blog you’ve and your linguistic profoundness has overwhelmed me… 🙂

    Great to know you….Greetings form Kolkata ( Calcutta) India.. 🙂

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