Man’s Inhumanity to Man

The oft quoted phrase, “man’s inhumanity to man” was first documented in a poem by Robert Burns, “Man was made to mourn: A Dirge.

Burns, 1759 – 1796, authored many poems and songs during his short lifetime. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland.*

Man was made to mourn: A Dirge

Many and sharp the
num'rous ills
Inwoven with our frame!
More pointed still we make

Regret, remorse, and

And man, whose heav'n-
erected face

The smiles of love adorn, -

Man's inhumanity to man
Makes countless
thousands mourn!
     ~ Robert Burns

*Source, Wikipedia

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