A Poem For Saint Andrew’s Day

Nov 30, 2013 by

November 30 is the feast day of Saint Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland, a day that has been celebrated since at least the time of King Malcolm III (1034 – 1093). It is the national day of Scotland, a celebration of all things Scottish: history, culture, language, music, dance, food, and more. The day also marks the beginning of the winter festival season in Scotland, which encompasses St Andrew’s Day and Hogmanay (New Year’s), and ends with Burns Night on January 25th.

Robert the Bruce

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The Scots, like all Celts, love a good poem or tale that speaks to the greatness of their country.   What better way to honor Alba than with a heart-felt poem about the beauty and bravery of Scotland?

Dear Auld Scotland
Scotland my native land so fair
Thy hills an’ mountains I adore,
Thy scenery is grand an’ rare,
An’ brings to min’ the days of yore.

To gaze upon the sparkling fountains
An’ see the waters flowing there
Then upon the lofty mountains,
Few kingdoms can with thee compare.

Where is the country you can name,
Can boast of such warriors brave,
Who fought to gain their country fame
From the cradle to the grave.

Such men as Wallace brave an’ true,
An’ Bruce the hero of Bannockburn,
Aye, an’ the brave Black Douglas too,
For these auld Scotland oft did mourn.

Oh, Scotland fair. Land of the free,
Where we’ve got the Thistle so dear,
Likewise the Lily, the Hawthorn Tree,
An’ the sparkling water so clear.

An’ tho’ I yet may be from home,
However far that it may be,
Thro’ all the places that I roam,
Scotland will still be dear to me.

by Charles Nicol, born in Glasgow, 1858.  He began working in a local weaving factory at age 10, but attended night classes to further his education.  Nicol’s poetry focuses on the working poor of Scotland, and the beauty of his homeland.

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Ireland’s Great Poet, Dead at 74

Aug 30, 2013 by

Seamus Heaney, Nobel laureate and poet

Seamus Heaney, Nobel laureate and poet

Sad news from Ireland today–Irish poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney has died at age 74.
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Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Mr Heaney’s death

“brings great sorrow to Ireland, to language and to literature.
Today, it would take Seamus Heaney himself to describe the depth of his loss to us as a nation.
He belongs with Joyce, Yeats, Shaw and Beckett in the pantheon of our greatest literary exponents.”

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