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

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English source: William Soutar

Steepies for the bairnie
Sae moolie in the mou’:
Parritch for a strappan lad
To mak his beard grow.

Stovies for a muckle man
To keep him stout and hale:
A noggin for the auld carl
To gar him sleep weel.

Bless the meat, and bless the drink,
And the hand that steers the pat:
And be guid to beggar-bodies
Whan they come to your yett.


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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