Robert Burns wrote several blessings for use before and after dining.
This is the blessing traditionally delivered at Burns suppers. It is also known as Burns Grace at Kirkcudbright. It is attributed to Burns in 1787 but Burns may have adapted this from a pre-existing piece called the Galloway Grace which dated from the 1600's.
Some hae meat and canna eat,
A Grace Before Dinner 1
It is reported that this grace was created and delivered by the poet extempore at a dinner in Dumfries
O thou who kindly dost provide
And if it please Thee, heavenly Guide,
A Grace Before Dinner 2
O Thou, in whom we live and move,
And, if it please Thee, Power above!
A Grace Before and After Dinner
Written by Burns for the landlord of the Globe, William Hyslop and his wife, in return for the meal. According to a notation in the Complete Works of Robert Burns, Burns and some companions had arrived unannounced at the tavern and there was nothing prepared to feed them. Mrs. Hyslop offered the meal originally cooked for the family, a ram's (tup) head and feet. Meg and Jock are believed to be the servers.
O Lord, when hunger pinches sore,
O Lord, since we have feasted thus,