Holy Willie

Holy Willie

(ˈwɪlɪ)
n
a person who is hypocritically pious
[C18: from Burns' Holy Willie's Prayer]
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Burns composed To A Mouse and Holy Willie's Prayer - two of his most acclaimed poems - while working at the farm between 1784 and 1786.
Holy Willie's Prayer was presented by Robert Carruthers, songs were delivered by Tom Breen and Peter Cunningham, pipes were played by David Reid and Anne Ross was Poosie Nancy.
Holy Willie's Prayer (1785) from the National Library of Scotland (NLS) and The Ordination: A Scotch Poem 1786) from the Mitchell Library were on show side-byside for the first time in many years in a display at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow.
Holy Willie's Prayer (1785) from the National Library of Scotland (NLS) and The Ordination: A Scotch Poem (1786) from the Mitchell Library were on show side-byside for the first time in many years in a display at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow.
The reason for the shortness of the display is two reasons: first of all, conservation, we only have them on a short display in order to preserve them, but also because Holy Willie's Prayer has special security arrangements which means that we can only have it on display for a short time and then we have to transport it back to Edinburgh."
Saints icon Steven Thompson received a fantastic reception for his Toast to St Mirren, before traditional renditions of Tam O'Shanter and Holy Willie's Prayer from David Brown.
David Miller, past-president of howff club, then entered the dressed in his nicht goon as William Fisher who Burns wrote about in his poem Holy Willie's Prayer.
Indeed, part of Burns's great poetic achievement was his ability to inhabit and explore others' views from the inside out, representing figures (Holy Willie, most famously) vastly differing from his own experiences in both degree and kind.
ROBERT Burns' Holy Willie's Prayer attacked religious hypocrisy but the phrase is used by Scots to describe any kind of hypocrite.
His analysis of "Holy Willie's Prayer" has similarly powerful insights into its simultaneous satire of hypocrisy and anxiety over the poet's own, complicated relationship to the church.
Joining the Chili Peppers from 5.30pm on January 25 will be pipe bands and actors reading Holy Willie's Prayer and To A Mouse.
The two original pages of Holy Willie's Prayer were taken apart sometime in the 19th century.