A lover's lament, 1667
Ramsay's "Auld Lang Syne", 1724
Ramsay's version, reprinted with music, 1787
A Caledonian country dance, 1760s
William Shield's Rosina, 1783?
The tune of "Auld Lang Syne", 1792
First publication of the Burns verses, 1796
An old song of olden times, 1793
Words and melody, together at last, 1799
A question of authorship, 1817
A 19th century revision, 1856–1860
Kipling's wartime version, 1900
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A 19th century revision
Even after the Burns version of the words of "Auld Lang Syne" was published in 1796, new adaptations appeared. This sentimental nineteenth-century example was printed in an American book of popular songs that also included "Home Sweet Home" and "Yankee Doodle."
"Auld Lang Syne"
The New Pocket Song Book
New York: Leavitt and Allen, [between 1856 and 1860]
James Fuld Music Collection, 2008
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