Document 1380

Ahint 'e Herst

Author(s): Charles W Brown

Copyright holder(s): Charles W Brown


Fit kin' o' herst hiv A hin efter echty four 'eers?

A pucklie o' bairns A've lernt ti coont wi' thir peers
An' ti read o' thir star, fan 'e sheets at 'e goal an' succeeds.

A'd rether 'ey kint o' 'e stars fleein' ower thir heeds
An' fit wye iss furlin' warld o' oors keeps gyan
Wi' nae ingin ti caa't an' lack o' a guidin' han'.

Ma crap o' Esperantists a' roon mi is sma
Twid bi gran' gin 'e warld cuid a' news awa'.

An' a birn A' manidgt ti mak tolrent o' ithers
Fan thir religion jist conacht 'e chunce ti bi brithers.
Its nae richt ava fan oor beliefs mak wars
Insted o' guid freens. Hivin on earth it fair mars.

A cood coont on ae han' 'em it gree wi' mi noo
'At ers ower mony moos iviry day ti stap foo
Wi' thir carbon dioxide oor plunts canna cope.

Maybe iss bletherin' aul chiel is a haverin' dope?

But fit like a herst can ye say for yersel than?
Wis it fish fae 'e sea or corn fae e' lan'?
Wis it werkin' en factries ti mak life mer easy?
Wis it curin' 'e sick 'at war feelin' rel queasy?
Wis it keepin' fowk up ti date wi' 'e news?
Wis it tryin' in vain ti fill up 'e pews?
Wis it haddin' things gyan as ess warld turns roon?


Fedder Time's muckle scythe wull cut us seen doon.

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Ahint 'e Herst


Text audience

Adults (18+)
Informed lay people
Audience size 21-100
Writer knew intended audience

Text details

Method of composition Wordprocessed
Year of composition 2005
Word count 251

Text performance/broadcast details

Where performed/broadcast Duff House Banff
When performed/broadcast 2005-09-24
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Author details

Author id 945
Forenames Charles
Initials W
Surname Brown
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1920
Educational attainment University
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Retired physics teacher
Place of birth Kemnay
Region of birth Aberdeen
Birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Banff
Region of residence Aberdeen
Residence CSD dialect area Abd
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Stone mason
Father's place of birth Cluny
Father's region of birth Aberdeen
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Housewife
Mother's place of birth Cluny
Mother's region of birth Aberdeen
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Mother's country of birth Scotland


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Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes Doric (Donside)