Sunday, September 14, 2008

Coronach

This is the last stanza of Alexander Scott's poem Coronach:

Waement the deid
I never did,
But nou I am safe awa
I hear their wae
Greetan greetan dark and daw,
Their death the-streen my darg the-day.

The last line means 'Their death yesterday my work today'.

I think that is very powerful. I much prefer that to the usual epitaph 'When you go home, tell them of us and say, for their tomorrow, we gave our today" because, to me, it gives a sense not only of debt, but of duty.

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