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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Kipling's wartime version
During the Boer War, Kipling composed a new set of lyrics to be sung to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne" at a benefit concert for military widows and children. His version was first published as a broadside in South Africa and was reprinted in this American keepsake edition.
Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936)
"Auld Lang Syne"
Cornhill booklet, vol. 1, no. 2. Boston: 1900
Acquired in 1943
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