Collegia – Ode 12: Artie’s Remedie

 

A Very Anciente Ballad

‘Artie, Artie, what mak’s ye sae sad,
And the sun shines in the street and a ‘?’
‘I lie sairly sick for my Mam and my Dad,
Amang the sweet homesteads and mountains and a ‘!’

‘O Artie, my boy, pray learn ye to wait,
When the sun shines in the streets and a’,
Till your far loved ones you’ll one day soon meet,
Amang the sweet homesteads and mountains and a’.

‘Ye maun git to work and then you’ll not know
As the sun shines in the streets and a’
The passing of days till out hamewards ye go
To the beckoning hamesteads and mountains and a’.

Artie did work just as he war told,
While the sun shone in the streets and a’,
And aye quickly past a’ the lang days they rolled,
Amang the fine buildings and courtyards and a’.

A-sudden he gan give each fellow a thwack,
As the sun shone in the streets and a’,
And laughed like a goat when they hit him hard back,
Amang the fine buildings and courtyards and a’.

‘O wha is this awfu’ change come aboot,
As the sun shines in the streets and a’?
‘Ne’er mind!’ answers Artie, ‘go ye and find out,
Amang the fine buildings and courtyards and a’.

He will hame to his father’s ain bour,
While the sun shines in the streets and a’,
In some weeks and a day and an hour,
Amang the sweet upland and mountains and a’.

‘Ye maun tak wi’ ye ye’re old pal Bill,
As the sun shines in the streets and a’,
And we’ll cross the seas rough and we’ll cross the seas still,
Till we get to the hamesteads and mountains and a!’

‘I’ll tak wi’ me my old pal Bill,
While the sun shines on the sea and a’,
For I can’t gang by myself when I’ve taken a pill,
To the beckoning uplands and mountains and a’!’

‘Sae tha’ is the reason for your childish fun,
While the sun shines in the streets and a’,
The way ye can jump, and the way ye can run,
Amang the fine buildings and uplands and a?’

Sae Artie was happy, and Willie, they say,
For the sun shone in the street and a’,
And they’re both going down in three weeks and a day,
Over the fields and waters and a’.

17. 11. 1927