Auld Lang Syne" is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788
and set to the tune of a traditional folk song (Roud # 6294). It is well
known in many countries, especially in the English-speaking world, its
traditional use being to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of
midnight. By extension, it is also sung at funerals, graduations and as a
farewell or ending to other occasions. The international Boy Scout youth
movement, in many countries, uses it as a close to jamborees and other
The song's Scots title may be translated into standard English as "old
long since", or more idiomatically, "long long ago” or "days gone by" or "old
times". Consequently "For auld lang syne", as it appears
in the first line of the chorus, might be loosely translated as "for (the
sake of) old times".
The two old acquaintance have ran
about thw slopes and picked the fine daisies and wandered many times with a
weary foot. They also have paddled in the stream from morning until the sun
sets where the broad seas between them have roared.