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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Massacre of the Macpherson
 
William Edmondstoune Aytoun (1813–65)
 
 
FHAIRSHON swore a feud
  Against the clan M’Tavish—
March’d into their land
  To murder and to rafish;
For he did resolve        5
  To extirpate the vipers,
With four-and-twenty men,
  And five-and-thirty pipers.
 
But when he had gone
  Half-way down Strath-Canaan,        10
Of his fighting tail
  Just three were remainin’.
They were all he had
  To back him in ta battle:
All the rest had gone        15
  Off to drive ta cattle.
 
“Fery coot!” cried Fhairshon—
  So my clan disgraced is;
Lads, we ’ll need to fight
  Pefore we touch ta peasties.        20
Here ’s Mhic-Mac-Methusaleh
  Coming wi’ his fassals—
Gillies seventy-three,
  And sixty Dhuinéwassels!”
 
“Coot tay to you, sir!        25
  Are you not ta Fhairshon?
Was you coming here
  To visit any person?
You are a plackguard, sir?
  It is now six hundred        30
Coot long years, and more,
  Since my glen was plunder’d.”
 
“Fat is tat you say?
  Dar you cock your peaver?
I will teach you, sir,        35
  Fat is coot pehavior!
You shall not exist
  For another day more;
I will shot you, sir,
  Or stap you with my claymore!”        40
 
“I am fery glad
  To learn what you mention,
Since I can prevent
  Any such intention.”
So Mhic-Mac-Methusaleh        45
  Gave some warlike howls,
Trew his skhian-dhu,
  An’ stuck it in his powels.
 
In this fery way
  Tied ta faliant Fhairshon,        50
Who was always thought
  A superior person.
Fhairshon had a son,
  Who married Noah’s daughter,
And nearly spoil’d ta flood        55
  By trinking up ta water—
 
Which he would have done,
  I at least believe it,
Had ta mixture peen
  Only half Glenlivet.        60
This is all my tale:
  Sirs, I hope ’t is new t’ ye!
Here ’s your fery good healths,
  And tamn ta whusky tuty!
 

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