by William Soutar (1898 - 1943)

Corbie sang
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
The merle in the hauch sings sweet,
The mavie on the hill:
But I mak merry at my meat
And craik to please mysel’.
The licht maun low’r, the sang maun owre,
The grumlie nicht be lang:
Ye canna glowk afore ye howk
Sae lat your straik be strang.

O! bonnie is the simmer sün
And flourish on the tree:
But the mauchies in a murlie bane
Are bonnier than me.
The wind maun blaw, the fleur maun fa’,
The grumlie nicht be lang:
Ye canna glowk afore ye howk
Sae lat your straik be strang.

Confirmed with Poems in Scots and English by William Soutar selected by W R Aitken, Scottish Academic Press, Edinburgh, 1972, page 49.


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