Document 216

Corbie Herd

Author(s): Iain W D Forde

Copyright holder(s): Iain W D Forde


Thon derk horss mynds naethin fur'z.
Sei hou he pits on swashie mollops,
Strunts lik a tirrand on Elbae,
Pleys skiffers wi seidcorn,
Bairges throu the tounser siemaws,
Cok o the causie, a cawin John Wayne,

Whitlik hes he ti craw about?
We pey the taxts, et the breid
At dryves the plew
An muives the seistem.
He maits anerlie on drappit nirls
Afoir thai rax the buird.

A roupin burd o paradyss
Wuid nivver here o aqual richts,
We ir bot supponed ti skair
The swatch o twa shankitrie.
Whae wuid be a tattie-bogil
Wi him aroun?

Yit a thole him in craw-widdies,
Bikkerin crouse i the trie-craps
Or plashin i blak waffs
On a rype straim o bere,
Or whan lik a kinch o mirk win
Thai tether a pyot day-sett.

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Corbie Herd


Text audience

Other Lallans readers etc.
Audience size 1000+

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 2002
Title of original (if translation) Cowboy Crow
Author of original (if translation) Stanley Roger Green
Language of original (if translation) English
Word count 138

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Text publication details

Publisher Lallans
Publication year 2002
Place of publication Perth
Edition 61
Part of larger text
Contained in Lallans
Editor John Law
Page numbers 134,135
Part of a longer series of texts

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Author details

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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