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  • Hugh MacDiarmid 1892-1978
  • Edwin Muir 1887-1959
  • Robert Tannahill 1774-1810
  • Alan Spence 1947 -

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Somebody

Scottish poems by: Anonymous

  Och hon for somebody!
  Och hey for somebody!
  I wad do – what wad I not,
      For the sake o’ somebody?

 My heart is sair, I daurna tell
 My heart is sair for somebody;
 I wad walk a winter’s night,
     For a sight o’ somebody.

 If somebody were come again,
 Then somebody maun cross the main,
 And ilka ane will get his ain,
     And I will see my somebody.

 What need I kame my tresses bright,
 Or why should coal or candle-light
 E’er shine in my bower day or night,
     Since gane is my dear somebody?

 Oh! I hae grutten mony a day
 For ane that’s banished far away;
 I canna sing, and maunna say
     How sair I grieve for somebody.

‘Somebody’ dates from the 18th century. The eponymous somebody refers to the exiled Stewart (Jacobite) king.