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Poetry Corner: My Love is Like a Red Red Rose

Sweetheart Abbey Dumfries

Sweetheart Abbey Dumfries By The Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons

On this day 21st January 1290 Sweetheart Abbey, near Dumfries, was founded by Devorguilla, mother of John Balliol.

The abbey was founded in memory of her husband, whose heart was buried with her at Sweetheart Abbey.

She also established friaries at Dundee, Dumfries and Wigtown, and endowed a school for the poor in Oxford, which later became Balliol College. Scotclans


 

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Robert Burns

A Red, Red Rose

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose,
That’s newly sprung in June:
O my Luve’s like the melodie,
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare-thee-weel, my only Luve!
And fare-thee-weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ ’twere ten thousand mile!

By Robert Burns

Watch:  My Love Is Like a Red Red Rose – Karen Matheson

Sweetheart Abbey Dumfries

Sweetheart Abbey Dumfries By The Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons


 

 

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  1. How about ‘The Gowden Locks ‘O Anna’? In particular, sung by Bruce Mainland.
    Being a rapscallion, was probably part of his charm – it often is.

    I wondered where you’d got to, Eamonn – am looking out for another one of your strange encounters………….

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    • There are several in the pipeline Bernie, and at least two other pieces. Work has been playing havoc with good intentions. I’m a huge fan of ‘Willie Wastle’ and recorded and produced it for a local Gaelic female singer whilst in Oban

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