Grief

Grief
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. 
Sir Alexander Gray

from Gossip: a book of new poems (Porpoise Press, 1928)

Reproduced by permission of the Estate of Sir Alexander Gray
Sir Alexander Gray

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 ...'

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