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Highland Mary

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Ye banks, and braes, and streams around
The castle o’ Montgomery,
Green be your woods, and fair your flowers,
Your waters never drumlie!
There Simmer first unfald her robes,
And there the langest tarry:
For there I took the last Fareweel
O’ my sweet Highland Mary.

How sweetly bloom’d the gay, green birk,
How rich the hawthorn’s blossom;
As underneath their fragrant shade,
I clasp’d her to my bosom!
The golden Hours, on angel wings,
Flew o’er me and my Dearie;
For dear to me as light and life
Was my sweet Highland Mary.

Wi’ mony a vow, and lock’d embrace,
Our parting was fu’ tender;
And pledging aft to meet again,
We tore oursels asunder:
But Oh, fell Death’s untimely frost,
That nipt my Flower sae early!
Now green’s the sod, and cauld’s the clay,
That wraps my Highland Mary!

O pale, pale now, those rosy lips
I aft hae kiss’d sae fondly!
And clos’d for ay, the sparkling glance,
That dwalt on me sae kindly!
And mouldering now in silent dust,
That heart that lo’ed me dearly!
But still within my bosom’s core
Shall live my Highland Mary.

 

– Robert Burns

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21st July – On This Day In History

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Born:

1899 Ernest Hemingway (Nobel prize winning author)

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Died:

1796 Robert Burns (Scottish poet)

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On This Day:

1884 First Test Cricket match played at Lords

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Have a good Friday, 21st July

 

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A Fiddler In The North

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Amang the trees, where humming bees,
At buds and flowers were hinging, O,
Auld Caledon drew out her drone,
And to her pipe was singing, O:
‘Twas Pibroch, Sang, Strathspeys, and Reels,
She dirl’d them aff fu’ clearly, O:
When there cam’ a yell o’ foreign squeels,
That dang her tapsalteerie, O.

Their capon craws an’ queer “ha, ha’s,”
They made our lugs grow eerie, O;
The hungry bike did scrape and fyke,
Till we were wae and weary, O:
But a royal ghaist, wha ance was cas’d,
A prisoner, aughteen year awa’,
He fir’d a Fiddler in the North,
That dang them tapsalteerie, O.

 

– Robert Burns

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23rd June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1963 Colin Montgomerie (golfer)

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Died:

1995 Jonas Salk (inventor of the Polio vaccine)

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On This Day:

1955 Lady and the Tramp released (Walt Disney)

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Have a good Friday, 23rd June

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7th June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1909 Jessica Tandy (actress)

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Died:

1329 Robert Bruce (King of the Scots)

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On This Day:

1929 Vatican City becomes a sovereign state

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Have a good Wednesday, 7th June

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23rd March – On This Day In History

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Born:

1645 William Kidd (pirate)

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Died:

2011 Elizabeth Taylor (actress)

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On This Day:

1881 End of the First Anglo – Boer War (Peace Accord signed)

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Have a good Thursday, 23rd March

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19th March – On This Day In History

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Born:

1813 David Livingstone (Scottish explorer)

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Died:

2008 Arthur C Clarke (Science fiction author)

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On This Day:

1915 Pluto photographed for the first time (although nobody knew then that it was Pluto)

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Have a good Sunday, 19th March

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