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AY not of me that weakly I declined
The towers we founded and the lamps we lit,
AW as in law.
open E as in mere, but this with exceptions, as heather
open E as in mere.
heather, wean = wain,
= open O as in more. ou doubled O as in poor.
OW as in bower. doubled O as in poor.
ui or ü before R
(say roughly) open A as in
ui or ü before any other consonant roughly) close I as in grin.
pretty nearly what you please, much as in English. Heaven guide the reader through that labyrinth! But in Scots it dodges usually from the short I, as in grin, to the open E, as in mere. Find and blind, I may remark, are pronounced to rhyme with the preterite of grin.
THE MAKER TO POSTERITY
'AR 'yont amang the years to be
an' a' we see,
An' a' we luve, 's been dung ajee
By time's rouch shouther,
An' what was richt and wrang for me
it's hardly mair
That some ane, ripin' after lear
May find an' read me, an' be sair
"What tongue does your auld bookie speak?”
I wrote in Lallan,
Dear to my heart as the peat reek,
"Few spak it then, an' noo there's nane.
Their sense, that aince was braw an' plain,
Like runes upon a standin' stane
"But think not you the brae to speel;
An' things are mebbe waur than weel
"The hale concern (baith hens an' eggs,
The tack o' mankind, near the dregs,
"Your book, that in some braw new tongue,
Whan the hale planet's guts are dung
'An' you, sair gruppin' to a spar Or whammled wi' some bleezin' star,