James Hogg

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James Hogg was a Scottish poet and novelist who wrote in both Scots and English. As a young man he worked as a shepherd and farmhand, and was largely self-educated through reading. He was a friend of many of the great writers of his day, including Sir Walter Scott, whom he later wrote an unauthorized biography of. He became widely known as the "Ett ...

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A Boy's Song

Where the pools are bright and deep,
Where the grey trout lies asleep,
Up the river and over the lea,
That's the way for Billy and me.


Caledonia! thou land of the mountain and rock,
Of the ocean, the mist, and the wind-
Thou land of the torrent, the pine, and the oak,
Of the roebuck, the hart, and the hind;

Donald Macgillavry

Donald's gane up the hill hard and hungry
Donald comes down the hill wild and angry
Donald will clear the gouk's nest cleverly
Here's tae the king and Donald Macgillavry

The Skylark

Bird of the wilderness,
Blithesome and cumberless,
Sweet be thy matin o'er moorland and lea!
Emblem of happiness,


Bonnie Kilmeny gaed up the glen;
But it wasna to meet Duneira's men,
Nor the rosy monk of the isle to see,
For Kilmeny was pure as pure could be.


Paul Lloyd 22 April 2020

Hi, Sorry. I previously ask a question and gave no reply contact. If you can, please reply to: paulabracad.co.nz Thanks & rgds PL

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Paul Lloyd 22 April 2020

Hi, I once heard a short poem by Hogg which began: " Give me a border burn.." . I thought it such a lovely verse but can find no record of it online. Do you know where I can find the full poom? Thanks & rgds PL

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Bryan 31 March 2021

It's A Border Burn by J. B. Selkirk

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