What ails you, you puir auld body? What gars you greet sae sair? Hae you tint the man that's been kind to you This forty year and mair? 0, I didna greet when I tint him, Nor yet on the burrel-day; But though I saw to the hoose and the byre, God kens that my hert was wae. But this mornin’ I cam on his bauchles; What cud I dae but greet? For I mindit hoo hard he had wrocht for me, Trauchlin’ wi’ sair, sair feet.
A civil servant and Professor of Political Economy, Sir Alexander Gray’s reputation abides not only in his own field, but as a Scots poet – the author of some of the most-quoted lines in modern Scottish poetry: ‘This is my country, / The land that begat me ...'Read more about this poet