William Soutar was a Scottish poet, born 1898. He served in the navy in World War I, and afterwards studied at the University of Edinburgh, where he encountered the work of Hugh MacDiarmid. This led to a radical alteration in his work, and he became a leading poet of the Scottish Literary Renaissance and 'one of the greatest poets Scotland has produced'. In 1924, he was diagnosed with ankylosing ... more »
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William Soutar Poems
The Halted Moment
Wha hasna turn'd inby a sunny street And fund alang its length nae folk were there; And heard his step fa' steadily and clear
A skelp frae his teacher For a’ he cudna spell: A skelp frae his mither For cowpin owre the kale.
End is in beginning; And in beginning end: Death is not loss, nor life winning; But each and to each is friend.
The Trysting Place
O luely, luely, cam she in And luely she lay doun: I kent her be her caller lips And jer breists sae sma' and roun'.
Spindle-shank gangs owre the flair Wi’ his ae leg in the air: Shaks his pow outside the door Whan his hair is fou o’ stour.
Whan I haik't up to Craigie Hill And lookit east and west; 'In a' the world,' said I to mysel', 'My ain shire is the best.'
Cuddle-doun my bairnie The dargie day is dune: Yon’s a siller sternie Ablow the siller mune.
Atween the world o' licht And the world that is to be A man wi' unco sicht Sees whaur he canna see:
Out of the darkness of the womb Into a bed, into a room: Out of a garden into a town,
He Who Weeps For Beauty Gone
He who weeps for beauty gone Hangs about his neck a stone. He who mourns for his lost youth
Fa' owre, fa' owre, my hinny, There's mony a weary airt; And nae end to the traikin,
Ayont the Caller Fountain Whan gowks were in the schaw, We gether'd the wild roses That were sae white and sma';
Nae man wha loves the lawland tongue but warstles wi' the thoucht- there are mair sangs that bide unsung nor a' that hae been wroucht.
Steepies for the barnie Sae moolie in the mou': Parritch for a strappan lad To mak his beard grow.
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The Halted Moment
Wha hasna turn'd inby a sunny street
And fund alang its length nae folk were there;
And heard his step fa' steadily and clear
Nor wauken ocht but schedows at his feet.
Shuther to shuther in the reemlin heat
The houses seem'd to hearken and to stare;
But a' were doverin whaur they stude and were
Like wa's ayont the echo o' time's beat.
Wha hasna thocht whan atween stanes sae still,
That had been biggit up for busyness,
He has come wanderin into a place
Lost, and forgotten, and unchangeable;
And thocht the far-off traffic sounds to be