Document 213

Snake I The Girss

Author(s): Iain W D Forde

Copyright holder(s): Iain W D Forde


It liggit doverin in a fank
Lik ane outwith birlin idaia
At hed tint aw virr,

Whan we stertit ither;
Masell intil glamourie,
The ether rid wud.

Its peirie tung flauchtert
Wikkit fyre-flauch wairnishins:
A stuid mair stellit nor a trie.

Than it gantit, outshuik
Langorius faulds o itsell
An sliddert unner the rannochs.

Nou A unnerstaun Eve's faw:
Fur whitna lass borne o man
Cuid rasist sic braisent ein,

A maisterfu solempnitie
A sinnonous sklitherin hecht
O kittil paittren?

Whitna winch cuid feinyie ti be dull
Ti treishnins at sypit
Frae a hinnied, jupartous tung?

An Adam, the stodgin crafter chiel
Eydent about the midden, hed foryet
Aw Eve's favoured sangs.

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Snake I The Girss


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General public
Informed lay people
Other Anyone reading Lallans
Audience size 1000+

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Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 2002
Title of original (if translation) Snake in the grass
Author of original (if translation) Stanley Roger Green
Language of original (if translation) English
Word count 115
General description translation from English to Scots

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Publisher Lallans
Publication year 2002
Place of publication Perth
Edition 61
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Contained in lallans
Editor John Law
Page numbers 137
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Author id 624
Forenames Iain
Initials W D
Surname Forde
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1930
Educational attainment College
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Retired Architect
Place of birth Edinburgh
Region of birth Midlothian
Birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Edinburgh
Region of residence Edinburgh
Residence CSD dialect area midLoth
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Publisher
Father's place of birth Edinburgh
Father's region of birth Midlothian
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Teacher
Mother's place of birth Edinburgh
Mother's region of birth Midlothian
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Mother's country of birth Scotland


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