Document 611

The Pledge

Author(s): Maureen Sangster

Copyright holder(s): Maureen Sangster


If we cud fly - an I feel we cud-
We'd look doon here tae where we're stood
Like twa braw trees in a widd -
Oor fruit, the handsome berry!
For in the past whan winds wid blaw
An smoory wis the fell snaw
An the sullen rains widna gang awa,
I cudna hairst the berry.

Bit noo, Love loves you an me;
Life's green an dancin like a tree;
Naethin will wither what's tae be -
Oor love'll bring us plenty.
Though Time'll try wi dolefu grey
Tae mak a mockery o today,
We'll hae, o'er Time, the final say -
This pledge, oor Love's bricht berry!

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Information about Document 611

The Pledge


Text audience

General public
Audience size 1000+

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 2003
Word count 114

Text medium


Text publication details

Publisher The Scottish Poetry Library
Publication year 2004
Place of publication Edinburgh
ISBN/ISSN 1904598242
Edition 1st
Part of larger text
Contained in Handfast: Scottish Poems for Weddings and Affirmations
Editor Lizzie MacGregor
Page numbers 64

Text setting

Other Written to submit to anthology

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Author details

Author id 249
Forenames Maureen
Surname Sangster
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1950
Educational attainment University
Age left school 18
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Place of birth Aberdeen
Region of birth Aberdeen
Birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Kirkcaldy
Region of residence Fife
Residence CSD dialect area Fif
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Teacher
Father's place of birth St Fergus
Father's region of birth Buchan
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Buchan
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Teacher
Mother's place of birth Skene
Mother's region of birth Aberdeen
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes For general use
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes In Scots-speaking company. Poetry writing/readings