‘A Scottish poet maun assume
The burden o’ his people’s doom,
And dee to brak’ their livin’ tomb.
Mony ha’e tried, but a’ ha’e failed.
Their sacrifice has nocht availed.
Upon the thistle they’re impaled.
You maun choose but gin ye’d see
Anither category ye
Maun tine your nationality.’
|Crofter shows his cards|
Hugh MacDiarmid, born Christopher Murray Grieve in 1892 in Langholm, Dumfriesshire, died Biggar 1978, excerpt from “A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle”