Haile, Quene and Emperyse!

ROISS MARY MOST OF VERTEW VIRGIN ALL. ROISS Mary most of vertew virginall. Fresche flowr on quhom the hevynnis dewe doun fell. O gemme joynit in joye angelicall, In quhom Jhesu rejosit wes to dwell. Rute of refute, of mercy spring and well, Of ladyis chois as is of letteris A, Empress of hevyne, of paradyss, […]

At the Glesga Necropolis

Wee Willie Winkie rins through the toun Upstairs an doonstairs in his nichtgoun Rappin at the windaes, tirlin at the lock Are aa the bairnies in their beds, it’s past echt o clock? There are bairnies sleepin here that niver waukened up Niver saw a simmer’s day, or got the birthin cup Niver watched the […]

A Waddin Toast

Be as the swans that glimmer ower the loch Waddit for life, until Daith dis them pairt Be as the Cushie Doos, that coort foraye Their dearies, wi a douce an tender-hairt Be as the Ernes, sae fierce, an yet sae leal Far reengin, yet wi a returnin wing Be as the Hoolets, bosied in […]

Eject Vice and Follow Treuth Alway

Sen throw vertew incressis dignitie, And vertew is flour and rute of noblesse ay, Of ony wit or quhat estait thow be, His steppis follow and dreid for none effray: Eject vice and follow treuth alway: Lufe maist thy God that first thy lufe began, And for ilk inche he will the quyte ane span. […]

I Will Aye Remember

Bide a wee ye bonnie hours o’ sweet yestreen Haud awa’ the thocht that e’er I will forget Lang the wimplin wey unrowes afore my een? And the mindin’ will be sweeter yet Chorus: Aye, the road was haudin’ frae the lass that I will aye remember Braw burn the bridges far behind me in […]

The Maist Honorable and Ancient Place in Scotland

Colmkill. Narrest this be twa myles of sea, layes the ile the Erische callit I-colm-Kill, that is, Sanct Colm’s ile, ane faire mayne ile of twa myle lange and maire, and ane myle braid, fertill, and fruitfull of corne and store, and guid for fishing. Within this ile there is a monastery of mounckes, ane […]

Warring Sighs and Groans I’ll Wage Thee

Ae fond kiss, and then we sever; Ae fareweel, alas, for ever! Deep in heart-wrung tears I’ll pledge thee, Warring sighs and groans I’ll wage thee! Who shall say that Fortune grieves him While the star of hope she leaves him? Me, nae cheerfu’ twinkle lights me, Dark despair around benights me. I’ll ne’er blame […]

Puir Bluidy Swaddies Are Wearie

The pipie is dozie, the pipie is fey He wullnae come roun for his vino the day The sky owre Messina is unco an gray An aa the bricht chaumers are eerie Fareweill ye banks o Sicily Fare ye weill ye valley an shaw There’s nae Jock will murn the kyles o ye Aa the […]