Corsie Hill Houses.
|Cradle Sang (1941)||Craigie Knowes (1932)|
|Patriotism (1942)||Ae Simmer's Day (1932)|
|The Quiet (1942)||The Buckie Braes (1942)|
|The Visitation (1942)||Ballad (1943)|
|The Kirk-Yaird (1942)||The Dark Thocht (1943)|
|The Stany Face (1942)||The Prodigy (1941)|
|The Auld Brig (1941)||The Auld Man (1942)|
|Nae Day Sae Dark (1941)||Backlands (1941)|
|John Knox (1942)||Thrang and Thrivin (1942)|
|Yon Toun (1942)||Hal o' the Wynd (1942)|
|Autobiography (1937)||Aince Upon a Day (1933)|
|The River (1942)||The Waterfall (1930)|
|To My Sycamore (1935)||Epitaph for a Dead Self (1938)|
|The Tryst (1932)||The Auld House (1938)|
|Whan Alistair McAllister
Was born at Corsie Hill
The doctor said "Pit on his breeks
And pack him off to sküle."
|And lang or his third year was by
He plodded at the plew;
Cairted the muck, and herded kye,
And swack't the barley-brew.
|A ladle was his horne-spüne;
A caudron was his plate:
And aye the mair he stappit in
The mair he liked his meat.
|Whan but a loon he stüde attour
The riggin o' the house;
Wi' shüthers like a barn-door
And a beard like a whin-buss.
|He'd mash a neep in ilka lüfe;
A rackle was but tow;
Ca' doun a stane-dyke wi' ae bowff,
Or ae putt o' his pow.
|Wha'd seen him brak a birky tree
Maist like a willy-wand
Had little thocht that he wud be
Brocht to sae puir an end.
|Eftir a bowl o' pottit-hoch,
Sweel'd doun wi' Athol-brose,
He taen the hiccups unco roch
And cudna mak them lowse.
|For saxty nichts and saxty days
He bokit loud and sair:
And was a bing o' banes and claes
Whan liftit for the lair.
|The guidly folk o' Corsie Hill
Were richt proud o' the loon:
And thocht the Lord had düne them ill
To tak him or fu' grown.
|breeks - trousers;||sküle - school;||plew - plough;||kye - cattle;|
|swack't - drunk||barley-brew - whisky;||stappit - stuffed;||loon - lad;|
|attour - above;||riggin - roof;||shüthers - shoulders;||whin-buss - gorse bush;|
|neep - turnip;||ilka - each;||lüfe - palm;||rackle - chain;|
|tow - rope;||ca' - knock;||bowff - blow;||putt - push;|
|pow - head;||birky - birch;||willy-wand - willow twig;||pottit-hoch - potted head;|
|sweel'd - swilled;||Athol-brose - whisky liqueur;||unco - very;||roch - rough;|
|lowse - stop;||saxty - sixty;||bokit - vomited;||bing - pile;|
|banes - bones;||claes - clothes;||lair - grave;||or - before.|
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