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It's an Owrecome Sooth for Age an' Youth
Robert Louis Stevenson

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It's an owrecome sooth for age an' youth
And it brooks wi' nae denial,
That the dearest friends are the auldest friends
And the young are are just on trial.
There's a rival bauld wi' young an' auld
And it's him that bereft me;
For the surest friends are the auldest friends
And the maist o' mine hae left me.
There are kind hearts still, for friends to fill
And fools to take and break them;
But the nearest friends are the auldest friends
And the grave's the place to seek them.
Footnote : This poem was recited by David Brown, Langbank, at the annual Alexander III Commemoration on Sunday 16 March 2003 in memory of Stewart Ewing and Neil R MacCallum.

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