I'm truly sorry Man's dominion
Has broken Nature's social union
An' justifies that ill opinion
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth-born companion
An' fellow-mortal!
To a Mouse by Robert Burns

Rough English translation:

I’m truly sorry man’s dominion
Has broken Nature’s social union,
And justifies that ill opinion
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth born companion
And fellow mortal!

Burns acknowledges that the mouse is abiding nature by being in the ground, while he’s trying to control nature’s course by planting the field. Thus the mouse’s anguish is justified.

Burns speaks regarding humankind in general here with “Man’s dominion” compromising the integrity of nature, and the specific instance of the speaker destroying the mouse’s home. He also identifies an “ill opinion” of the mouse “at me,” suggesting the mouse as being predisposed against man——nature predisposed against man.

The poem was composed during the industrial revolution, furthering the idea of man disturbing the natural environment.


“At me, thy poor, earth-born companion
And fellow mortal!”

Burns gives the speaker a voice similar to the tone commonly used by the Romantic poets. Throughout the poem there is an emphasis on the strained relationship between nature and man. The speaker desires a stronger relationship with nature, and shows it by considering one of its smallest creatures as a fellow mortal and companion worthy of his empathy.

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Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim'rous beastie
O, what panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty
Wi' bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee
Wi' murd'ring pattle!
To a Mouse by Robert Burns

Rough English translation:

Small, crafty, cowering, timorous little beast,
O, what a panic is in your little breast!
You need not start away so hasty
With argumentative chatter!
I would be loath to run and chase you,
With murdering plough-staff.

Burns, while plowing his field, has turned over the nest of a mother mouse. This poem is his apology for doing so; he assures the mouse he didn’t mean to disturb her and that she need not fear him.

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Something grown together Flokovsky by Flobots

References the Flobots song Flokovsky

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September 15th, 2012

References the Flobots song Something Grown Together

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Panacea for the poison Flokovsky by Flobots

References Panacea for the poison from the Flobots' second album, Survival Story.

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Stop the apocalypse back in 2012 Flokovsky by Flobots

Refers to the song “Stop the Apocalypse” on the same album:
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The children of the white flag Flokovsky by Flobots

‘Refers to the single from Flobots’ sophomore album, White Flag Warrior ft. Tim McIlrath

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Anxiousbaby.com Anxious and Jonny 5 by Jonny 5 (Ft. Anxious)

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Jonny 5 and Anxious on the same song
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Both Jonny 5 and Anxious are Denver natives, which led to popular demand from both fanbases for a collaboration. This song is the result.

It’s also notable that Anxious appears on three of Jonny 5’s Rhymes of the Day:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvotlFwgkII http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=db562xHDmjY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S82RhjPjU0

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Gotta be anxious with Jonny 5 right beside you Anxious and Jonny 5 by Jonny 5 (Ft. Anxious)

For a lesser-known rapper like Anxious, it’s intimidating to have a well-known MC like Jonny 5 rapping with you. But since Anxious is, well, anxious, he’s right for the task.

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Jonny 5 on the left, Anxious on the right Anxious and Jonny 5 by Jonny 5 (Ft. Anxious)

In a stereo-enhanced version of the song, Jonny 5’s lyrics in the chorus literally come from the left, while Anxious’s come from the right.

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