Charles Spence (bard)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- This article is about a Scottish poet, for English psychologist with the same name, see Charles Spence.
- The Bard of Gowrie; the Poet of the Carse.
- Linn-ma-Gray I long to see
- Thy heathy heights and broomy lea;
- Whaur linnets lilt and leverets play
- Around the roar of Linn-Ma-Gray.
- Linn-ma-Gray when to the street
- Crowds follow crowds, in crowds to meet,
- I wend my solitary way,
- An' climb the cliffs of Linn-ma-Gray.
- Linn-ma-Gray, each mounting spring,
- From age to age doth tribute bring,
- And rushing onwards to the Tay,
- Augment the stream of Linn-ma-Gray.
- Linn-ma-Gray round Baron hill, [Up the heights of Baron Hill,]
- I've aften gane wi' richt gude will, [I've led my Jean with right good will.]
- An' sat and seen the dashing spray [And sat, and seen the foamy spray]
- Lash the dark rocks of Linn-ma-Gray. [Lash the dark rocks of Linne Magray.]
- Linn-ma-Gray, when in yon ha'
- The merry wassailers gather a'
- In vain their waeel trained bands essay
- The minstrelsy of Linn-ma-Gray.
Another favourite Spence poem was entitled: 'My love's window'.
Lady Threipland of Fingask Castle, for whose family Spence was both footman and mason
- Robert Chambers, The Threiplands of Fingask, 1880.
- Rev. James M'Turk Strachan, BD, FRSA (Scot), From the Braes of the Carse, Charles Spence's Poems and Songs, 1898.
- (Strachan was 48 years minister at Kilspindie & died in 1936).
- Lawrence Melville, The Fair Land of Gowrie, William Culross & Son, Coupar Angus, 1939 (reprinted 1975).