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IN EARNEST BUT NO LATE
(In memoriam Anthony J C Kerr)
by Neil R. MacCallum

Anthony J.C. Kerr "A Man of Letters"

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Lourd herts at Castlewuid thon day 
Fowk gaithert there wi dule and wae
      But ye werena late.

Thereíd been nae freit, nae sign tae see 
Naething the shaw that destinie
      Kent your last laich gait.

We mum that ye are wede awaw 
Ken weil there is thru naiturís law
      An ugsum cheil cried fate.

Ye teilt hou Kerrís wald "haud the border" 
Rade out frae Jethart in guid order
      The tak a southron gait

But nou ye can straivaig nae mair 
Aye-bydin in the deid manís lair,
      In earnest but no late.

NOTES: (1) The title is an adation o the Kerr motto "Sero sed serio" (Late but in earnest).

(2) The Kerrs were a faur kent Border familie whase principal seat wes Ferniehurst castle, near Jethart. Anthony Kerr scrievit its historie.

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