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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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Ramsay's version, reprinted with music

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Poet Allan Ramsay's version of "Auld Lang Syne," which was first published in the 1720s, appeared again a few decades later, set to a traditional air, in the first volume of James Johnson's Scots Musical Museum. (In 1796, in a later volume of the Museum, Johnson published the Burns version of "Auld Lang Syne" for the first time.)

Allan Ramsay (1686–1758)
"Auld Lang Syne"
The Scots Musical Museum, vol. 1
Edinburgh: Printed & sold by Johnson & Co., 1787
Gift of Charles Ryskamp in memory of Edward S. Bentley, 1975

Piano: Renate Rohlfing

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