Document 217

Sonnet Echtene

Author(s): Iain W D Forde

Copyright holder(s): Iain W D Forde


William Shakespeare

Sall A compere ye ti a simmer's day?
Ye ir mair bonie an mair leisumlik.
Roch wins dae shak the deirie louks o Mey,
An simmer's less hes aw tae schort a tid.
Sumtyme ower het the ei o heiven shynes,
An aften is hiz gowden lire ower-dit;
An lillie-lik frae bewtie whyles doun dwynes
Bi chance, or naiturs chyngin course onpairlt.
Bot yeir aye-bydin simmer sanna feid,
Nor tyne possessioun o thon schene ye owen,
Nor sall Daith bloust ye wanner ben hiz sheid
Whan in eternal lynes ti tyme ye'r growein.
Sae lang as men can brethe or ein can sei,
Sae lang leives this, an this gies lyfe ti ye.

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Sonnet Echtene


Text audience

General public
Informed lay people
Other Anyone interested in Scots
Audience size 1000+

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 2000
Title of original (if translation) Sonnet Eighteen
Author of original (if translation) William Shakespeare
Language of original (if translation) English
Word count 121

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Text setting

Other literary and linguistic interest

Text type

Other (Sonnet)


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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