William Thom (1799-1848) was a minor Scottish vernacular poet, author of The Mitherless Bairn and other works. He was a native of Aberdeen, where he worked as a hand-loom weaver, enduring considerable hardship and poverty.
He was born in Sinclair's Close, Justice Port, Aberdeen in 1799 or 1800, and died in Dundee, Scotland on February 29, 1848. more »
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The Mitherless Bairn
WHEN a’ ither bairnies are hush’d to their hame,
By aunty, or cousin, or frecky grand-dame,
Wha stands last an’ lanely, an’ sairly for-fairn?
’T is the puir dowie laddie—the mitherless bairn!
The mitherless bairnie creeps to his lane bed;
Nane covers his cauld back, or haps his bare head;
His wee hackit heelies are hard as the airn,
An’ lithless the lair o’ the mitherless bairn.
Aneath his cauld brow, siccan dreams hover there,
O’ hands that wont kindly to kaim his dark hair!
But mornin’ brings clutches, a’ reckless an’ stern,
That lo’e na ...