Of Mice And Men

A line of the poem "To A Mouse" is often quoted: "The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men" to mean that well-planned plans can go wrong.

	But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
	In proving foresight may be vain; 
	The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men,
	Gang aft agley,
	An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
	For promis'd joy!

-- "To A Mouse" by Robert Burns

'Gang aft agley' is Scottish and means 'Often go wrong'.

More directly translated:

'Aft' in this context has no relation to the nautical meaning of 'aft', but is a Scottish form of 'oft'.
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But, where is the part that interests mice? Where is the part that says "Cheese is good."?

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