Document 466

A Small Book of Translations: 18 - Ronsard 1

Author(s): Alexander Hutchison

Copyright holder(s): Alexander Hutchison



These lang dreich nichts, fan the Meen's
a traichlin traal gaun roon sae sweir,
fan the bantie's blate t' gie's a cockle-daw,
fan mirk for ivry sowel sair-deen's raxed oot a year -
A micht've dwined athoot yon unco freen,
that dodged richt roon t' swage ma stoonin hert,
an settl't bare as licht in my airm-span
t' sing sae douce o blithe an lees.

Nae doot ye're prood an coorse an caal;
bit in seclusion fine a hae yer tween.
Yon bonnie bogle coories doon sae swack:
alangside her a staun or tak ma ease.
Nithin's ivver been held back.
Syne sleep's the salve that chaets the deepest dool.
Fan love deals oot yer haun deception's
trumps - nae herts - exception maks the rule.

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A Small Book of Translations: 18 - Ronsard 1


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Audience size 1000+

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Method of composition N/A
Year of composition 2004
Word count 145
General description Collection of poems in translation

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Author details

Author id 420
Forenames Alexander
Surname Hutchison
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment University
Age left school 17
Occupation Writer / Senior Lecturer
Place of birth Buckie
Region of birth Banff
Birthplace CSD dialect area Bnf
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Glasgow
Region of residence Glasgow
Residence CSD dialect area Gsw
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Medical Practitioner
Father's place of birth Spey Bay
Father's region of birth Moray
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Mry
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation School Meals Supervisor
Mother's place of birth Buckie
Mother's region of birth Banff
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Bnf
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes Generally/work/home etc.
French Yes Yes No Yes
Italian No Yes No No translation
Latin No Yes No No
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes Socially/home/writing