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Oor Mither Tongue
An Anthology of Scots Vernacular Verse by Ninian Macwhannell (1938)
Our thanks to John Henderson for sending this in


Introduction

This Anthology is the outcome of "Talks" on Modern Scots Vernacular Verse given to Literary Associations during the last thirty years. During that period our own sons and daughters have given us excellent Vernacular Verse, which, unfortunately, is not so well known as it should be.

The Editor has kept himself in touch with that poetry, and has waled his selection from it.

His object has been to make these writers better known and to stir up a livelier interest in the Vernacular, which, though not now a spoken language, is still a language of literature - brimful of couthy and sappy words and pithy phrases.

INDEX OF AUTHORS AND POEMS

ABEL GEORGE:
The Deem Poacher
A Caul Welcome

AINSLIE, HEW:
The Rover o' Lochryan
"It's Dowie in the Hint o' Hairst"
The Bourocks o' Bargeny

ANGUS, MARIAN:
The Graceless Loon
The Sang
The Lilt

ANONYMOUS:
A Hen's a Hen for a' That
Holidays
Bruce and the Ettercap

BAIN, ROBERT:
In Oor Kailyard
Shakespeare and Dickens and Me
Cock o' the North

BIRD, ROBERT:
The Table o' Fees
The Sparrow
To a Young Lawyer

BROWN, HILTON:
"Glen" a Sheep Dog
The Tenant
"Gowf"

BROWN, JAMES:
The Fisher

BUCHAN, JOHN:
The Shorter Catechism
The Eternal Feminine
Fisher Jamie

CAIE, J. M:
Sair Warks nae Easy
The Puddock
Fats the Eese

CAIRNCROSS, T. S.:
The Laird o Ryffe
The Death Certificate
Sir Tam

COCKER, W. D.:
Dandle
Ballad of the Deluge
The Tragedy of Ananias,
A Plooman's Lament
The Kibbock
Gin Love should Dwine

COUSTON, ROBERT:
Me an Andra
The Wayfare
Grannie.

COUTTS, LEWIS:
Advice to a Young Man
Mornin, Noon an' Necht,
He was Despised and Rejected!

CRAWFORD, ROBERT:
Sib,
A New-Year Wish - 1929

CRUJCKSHANK, HELEN
The Gipsy Lass
Keepit In
Fause Friend
Sae Lang has Sorrow
Granny

DARLING, W. RUS:
The Pest

DODDS. ANDREW:
The Sparrow's Address
The City
The Land is the Lord's

EMSLIE, ALEXANDER:
A Nicht wi' Burns

FAED, TAMAR:
An April Wean
A Wintry Sang
The Incomer
The Spaewife
Hame's Hame

FERGUS, JOHN F.:
The Wey o a Woman
The Aiim' Bairn

FISHER. W. D.:
Jealousy

GEDDES, JAMES Y.:
A Tale o' Kirrie

GRAY, ALEXANDER:
Babylon in Retrospect
Persuasion,
Disquiet
December Gloaming
Christmas Greeting

HAMILTON, JANET:
Auld Mither Scotlan'

HENDRY, HAMISH:
An Auld Skip

HORNE, J. G.:
Obsession?
Plooman Philosophy
Mashlum
Cherchez la Femme!
The Verse Speaker

HUTCHISON, ISOBEL W.:
A Song of Paradise
The Return: 1918

JACOB, VIOLET:
Tam i' the Kirk
The Beadle i Drumlee

JOHNSTON, HENRY:
Aye She Kaimed her Yellow Hair

KIRK. C. J.:
The Four-Wheeler
The Car Conductor

MACALISTER, SIR DONALD:
My Auld Coat
Back Aizain

M'DIARMID HUGH:
The Bonnie Broukit Bairn
The Water'aw
Country Life
Crowdiekoowe

MACDONALD, GEORGE:
Whas My Neibour
This Side an That

MACDONALD, HUGH:
The Bonnie Wee Well

MACGILLIVRAY, PITTENDRIGH:
In Exile
The Howdy and the Claik
The Sumph
At the Nadir
The Hungry Weaver
The Witch

MACGREGOR, ALEXANDER:
Advice to Some Diners at Burns Dinners

M'INTOSH. BARBARA ROSS:
The Swither
The Backward Lad
Tammas, My Son,
The Sermon on Daniel

MACLENNAN, R J.:
Jess o the Mains,
R.S.V.P.

M'TAVISH, JAMES:
The Land is a the Markiss's

MARTIN, JOHN SMELLIE:
Mither and the Wireless
When I Gang up the Waterside
The Green Was o Clyde
Guwd o the Brume

MILNE, JAMES:
The Drogist
Winter
Cast the Coat an' TilI't Again

MURRAY, CHARLES:
There's Ave a Something
Gin I was God

MURRAY, ROBERT:
The Tid
The Bairn

OUTRAM. GEORGE:
The Annuity
The Reform Bill
Drinkin Drams

PITT. GILBERT:
Its Fine
Cot o' Content

POTTER, HARRY:
Wee Nancy
Doric Setting
Thousand Welcomes

RAE. GILBERT:
Flittin
In Days Lang Syne
An Auld Border Dyker's Pra'er
The Gethrin o' the Bawbees
Love's Aye the Same

REID. ROBERT:
Kirkhride,
The Whaup
The Lass of Coshogle

ROBERTSON, JAMES LOGIE:
Fishing
The Plowman
A Winter View
In Praise of Balgeddie

ROBERTSON, STEWART ALAN:
Variation of Scots Words,
"Oot o' the World and into Kippen"
Janet

RORIE. DAVID:
Human Natur'
A Druggists Shop
The Auld Doctor
The Cynic
The Dell's a Busy Bishop

SHEPHERD, NAN:
O, Licht amo' the Hills
Loch Avon
Caul', Caul' as the Wall

SIMPSON, MARGARET WINEFRIDE:
The By-Road
The Waukrife Win
The Conqueror

SMITH, DR. HARRY:
The Auld Plooman to his Brose
Cauld Kail
Ye Nivver Ken
Fey

SOUTAR, WILLIAM:
The Tryst
Fear

SPENCE, LEWIS:
The Gray Etin
The Wee May o' Caledon
The Sang o' the Smiddy

SYMON, MARY:
The Aucht-Day Clock
Come Hame!

WATT, LAUCHLAN MACLEAN:
Tarry Breeks
A Bairnie's Cry in Heaven
The Licht that's Mirk

WINGATE, WALTER:
The Dominic's Happy Lot,
The Problem
The Evening Service
Highways and Byways

Poems Suitable for School Competitions

Cuddle Doon (Alexander Anderson)
Schule in June (Robert Bain)
Castles in the Air (James Ballantine)
In the Byre (W. D. Cocker)
Wee Freenly Doug (W. D. Cocker)
Contentment (W. D. Cocker)
The Bogle (W. D. Cocker)
Beasties (Helen B. Cruickshanks)
Ambrosia (W. R. Darling)
Back! (W. D. Fisher)
At the Fireside (Michael Balfour Hutchison)
What's in a Name? (Barbara Ross M'Intosh)
Willie Winkie (William Miller)
See-Saw (Dr. Harry Smith)
Riddles in Scots (William Soutar)
Aince upon a Day (William Soutar)
Wullie Waggletail (William Soutar)
The Mitherless Bairn (William Thorn)
John Frost (David Wingate)
The Sair Finger (Walter Wingate)
Conscience (Walter Wingate)


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