Black Day

by Benjamin Britten From Who are these children? (1969) Op. 84

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Black Day
English source: William Soutar

A skelp frae his teacher
For a’ he cudna spell:
A skelp frae his mither
For cowpin owre the kail.

A skelp frae his brither
For clourin his braw bat:
And a skelp frae his faither
For the Lord kens what.


Benjamin Britten

Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including opera, other vocal music,…


William Soutar

William Soutar was a Scottish poet from Perthshire.

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