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THE LOVELY LASS OF INVERNESS
Robert Burns

 
                                            The lovely lass o' Inverness,
                                                Nae joy nor pleasure can she see;
                                            For e'en and morn she cries, alas!
                                                And ay the saut tear blin's her e'e.
                                            Drumossie moor - Drumossie day -
                                                A waefu' day it was to me!
                                            For there I lost my father dear,
                                                My father dear, and brethern three.
 
                                            Their winding-sheet the bluidy clay,
                                                Their graves are growing green to see;
                                            And by them lies the dearest lad
                                                That ever blest a lover's e'e!
                                            Now wae to thee thou cruel lord,
                                                A bluidy man I trow thou be;
                                            For mony a heart thou has made sair,
                                                That ne'er did wrang to thine or thee!
 
Footnote : From memory it was the great Scottish folksinger Jean Redpath whom I first heard singing this lovely song by our National Bard which very well captures the anguish following the Battle of Culloden. I will take the opportunity to revisit Drumossie Moor during next week's Scottish National Party 68th Annual National Conference in the Eden Court Theatre, Inverness (25th-28th September 2002).

 


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