July 19th, 2008

Classic Verses

Classic Verses


As I was going up the stair
I saw a man who wasn't there
He wasn't there again today
I wish that man would go away.

-"Antigonish" (1899) by William Hughes Mearns (1875-1965)


From ghosties and ghoulies,
And long-leggedy beasties,
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!

-Medieval Scottish Prayer


Up the airy mountain
Down the rushy glen,
We daren't go a-hunting,
For fear of little men...

From "The Fairies" by William Allingham (1828-1889)


I heard the dogs howl in the moonlight night;
I went to the window to see the sight;
All the Dead that ever I knew
Going one by one and two by two.

From "The Dream" by William Allingham (1828-1889)


The moss is soft on Clootie's croft,
and bonny's the sod o' the Goodman's toft;
But if ye bide there till the sun is set,
The Goodman will catch you in his net.

-Medieval Scottish folk song (William Henderson, Notes on the Folk Lore of the
Counties of England and the Borders, 1879, p. 278)