Document 1370


Author(s): David Purves

Copyright holder(s): Prof Geoffrey F Dutton: Published in Camp One, Macdonald, 1978, David Purves


ye’l cum alang the road the-nicht
for ordnar an we’l gang
no bi the wattir doun til the brig, but up
the brae. it’s tyme ye lairnt
astronomie. Ah’l pynt

Andromeda an ye can lean
agin ma shouther, we’l
gae throu the gal;axies an Ah’l be braw
i the whuff o yeir hair, haillskart
frae the lichtyears. bi the yett
the-day Ah saw a leveret deid,
its een pyk’t oot. the craws
gledged frae abuin. its paws war streik’t afore it.
thay war reid
wi tryin ti birze awa pitmirk.

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Audience size 100+

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Method of composition Wordprocessed
Year of composition 1999
Title of original (if translation) tryst
Author of original (if translation) G F Dutton
Language of original (if translation) English
Word count 101

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Author id 17
Forenames David
Surname Purves
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1920
Educational attainment University
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Retired Biochemist
Place of birth Selkirk
Region of birth Selkirk
Birthplace CSD dialect area Slk
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Edinburgh
Region of residence Midlothian
Residence CSD dialect area midLoth
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Master Grocer
Father's place of birth Selkirk
Father's region of birth Selkirk
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Slk
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Housewife
Mother's place of birth Selkirk
Mother's region of birth Selkirk
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Slk
Mother's country of birth Scotland


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Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes