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Poem/song by Robert Burns; 'The gloomy night is gath'ring fast' (page 1 of 2)

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Poem / song by Robert Burns: 'The gloomy night is gath'ring fast' (page 1 of 2)

Introduction:
This poem was written by Burns at a time in 1786 when he had arranged to emigrate to Jamaica and was the one which he expected to be 'my last song I should ever measure in Caledonia'. He is in a mood of depression as he contemplates his farming and other domestic problems which had led to his decision to leave his native soil.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT366.02A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Poem/song by Robert Burns; 'The gloomy night is gath'ring fast' (page 1 of 2)
Subject:
Before the success of the Kilmarnock edition of his poems was realised, Burns was all set to go to Jamaica to aid his fortunes. On leaving his friend Rev. Dr George Lawrie's house he was filled with foreboding and melancholy. As usual at this time he transferred his mood to perspicacious verse.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
Rev. Dr George Lawrie (1729-1799) (friend of Burns)
When:
1786 (period written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
Before the success of the Kilmarnock edition of his poems was realised, Burns was all set to go to Jamaica to aid his fortunes. On leaving his friend Rev. Dr George Lawrie's house he was filled with foreboding and melancholy. As usual at this time he transferred his mood to perspicacious verse.
Description:
In the first page Burns describes walking along the Banks of the river Ayr, the heavy clouds threaten rain and the harvest is late and wind-torn. He reflects on the dangers of his planned voyage at sea or on landing and contemplates the peace of mind that death would bring.