To a Mouse
"To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough" (also known as just "To a Mouse") is a poem written by Robert Burns. The poem was written in Scots in 1785. "To a Mouse" is about a young man who accidentally overturns the soil of a mouse’s nest.
John Steinbeck named his novella Of Mice and Men after a line in the seventh stanza of the poem. This line is: "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley" ("The best laid schemes of mice and men / Go often askew").
|Burns' original||Standard English translation|
Small, crafty, cowering, timorous little beast,
I'm truly sorry man's dominion
I doubt not, sometimes, but you may steal;
Your small house, too, in ruin!
You saw the fields laid bare and wasted,
That small bit heap of leaves and stubble,
But little Mouse, you are not alone,
Still you are blessed, compared with me!
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