A Scottish Welcome

Original Text: 
Poems of John Galt: A Selection, ed.. G. H. Needler (Toronto: Burns and MacEachern, 1954): 15-16.
1And is it you, and are you come?
4This night we'll drink it dry.
5Bid in the neebors, young and auld,
19But here comes Meg, the miller's wife,
20And that's auld aunty Anne.
22He's now a muslin weaver;
29Ye'll mind auld Watty Walkinshaw--
32They ca' her Jean M'Lean.
37Here's Mr Duff the elder, too,
38Sam Tod, and Mall Strathern--
39Hugh Nicholson a strapping lad,
40That ye left but a bairn.
41And there's the Dominie, wi's black
44His cookit hat's no dune.
45Be wi' us a', the worthy saint!
47The very minister is come,
54Shall keep the night in fame,
55When he that was so far awa'
56Returned to bide at hame.

Notes

2] in bye: inside. Back to Line
3] bowie: cask. Back to Line
6] ringe: hurry. Back to Line
7] tanal: bonfire.
loan: street. Back to Line
8] binge: heap. Back to Line
9] frear: friend. Back to Line
10] Hech: exclamation of surprise. Back to Line
11] Foy: faith (exclamation).
ripe the ribs frae lug to lug: clear away the grate's ashes from side to side. Back to Line
12] chumla: fireplace.
fu': full. Back to Line
13] glaikit: silly.
Laithron: lazy-bones. Back to Line
14] rock: distaff (cleft staff on which wool was wound for spinning). Back to Line
15] bleert: dim.
spunk: fire. Back to Line
16] Gude: God. deil: devil. Back to Line
17] tell's: tell us. ferlies: marvels. Back to Line
18] croint: shrunk. Back to Line
21] douce: pleasant. Back to Line
23] bread: livelihood. Back to Line
24] shaver: rascal. Back to Line
25] gars ye scog: makes you hold back. Back to Line
26] fleetchings: encouragements. Back to Line
27] sonsy: attractive. Back to Line
28] dwin't: wasted away. Back to Line
30] sin: son. Back to Line
31] oe: grandchild. Back to Line
33] ben: in. Back to Line
34] buirdly: burly.
chiel: guy. Back to Line
35] hairst: harvest. Back to Line
36] unco: very. Back to Line
42] Gamashins: gaiters.
shoone: shoes. Back to Line
43] hoze: hose.
breeks: breeches. Back to Line
46] neest: next to. Back to Line
48] snell: bitter. Back to Line
49] gree: "ticket," way.
canty: cheerful. Back to Line
50] blin': blind. Back to Line
51] Cock up: pamper, make much of. Back to Line
52] help about: pass around.
dram: liquor. Back to Line
53] weest: wee-est, smallest.
wean" child.
Clachan: town. Back to Line
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire / Sharine Leung
RPO Edition: 
2011
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