Handfast: Scottish Poems for Weddings and Affirmations

Overview

Those seeking memorable words for their ceremonies of marriage or commitment, or who simply want to take delight in an anthology of love poems, will find in this collection old favorites and brand new poems, in English, Scots and Gaelic, all with a Scottish Flavor. Ranging from grand to gently humorous this collection is suitable for reading aloud in church, registry, field or the front room. Find the words for that special day, and keep them with you for always.

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Overview

Those seeking memorable words for their ceremonies of marriage or commitment, or who simply want to take delight in an anthology of love poems, will find in this collection old favorites and brand new poems, in English, Scots and Gaelic, all with a Scottish Flavor. Ranging from grand to gently humorous this collection is suitable for reading aloud in church, registry, field or the front room. Find the words for that special day, and keep them with you for always.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904598244
  • Publisher: Birlinn, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lizzie MacGregor is the Assistant Librarian of the Scottish Poetry Library, in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. She has previously compiled Luckenbooth, Handsel and Lament - all published by Polygon.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
'Haunfast' 13
'Four greetings' 14
'O wert thou in the cauld blast' 15
'Annunciation' 16
'Poetry of persons' 18
'Bidie-In' 20
'Traighean' / 'Shores' 22
'Aa my thochts' 26
'I will make you brooches' 27
'Seven blessings' 28
'Confirmation' 29
'Ora nam buadh' / 'Invocation of the graces' 30
'These rings' 34
'Mairi's wedding' 35
'With these rings' / 'Wi thur twa rings' 36
'Songline' 40
'Autumn wedding song' 41
'Catullus LXI' 42
'Wedding reel' 44
'Epithalamium' 45
'Journey' 46
'Winter wedding' 47
'On mairriage' 48
'Love poem' 50
'Pledge' 52
'epithalamium' 53
'Welsh love spuin' 54
'White writing' 55
1 Corinthians 13 56
'Gaelic blessing' 57
'There will be no end' 58
Biographical Notes 59
Acknowledgements 64
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