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Poem by Elinor Wylie


The Prinkiní Leddie


The Hielaní lassies are aí for spinniní, 
The Lowlaní lassies for prinkiní and pinniní; 
My daddie wíuíd chide me, aní so wíuíd my minnie 
If I síuíd bring hame sic a prinkiní leddie.

Now haud your tongue, ye haveriní coward, 
For whilst Iím young Iíll go flounced aní flowered, 
In lutestring striped like the strings oí a fiddle, 
Wií gowden girdles aboot my middle.

In your Hielaní glen, where the rain pours steady, 
Yeíll be gay aní glad for a prinkiní leddie; 
Where the rocks are all bare aní the turf is all sodden, 
Aní lassies gae sad in their homespun aní hodden.

My silks are stiff wií patterns oí siller,
Iíve an ermine hood like the hat oí a miller, 
Iíve chains oí coral like rowan berries, 
Aní a cramoisie mantle that camí frae Paris.

Yeíll be glad for the glint oí its scarlet lininí 
When the larks are up aní the sun is shininí; 
When the winds are up aní ower the heather 
Your heartíll be gay wií my gowden feather.

When the skies are low aní the earth is frozen, 
Yeíll be gay aní glad for the leddie yeíve chosen, 
When ower the snow I go prinkiní aní pranciní 
In my wee red slippers were made for danciní.

Itís better a leddie like Solomonís lily 
Than one thatíll run like a Hielaní gillie 
A-linkiní it ower the leas, my laddie, 
In a raggedy kilt aní a belted pladdie!



Elinor Wylie


Elinor Wylie's other poems:
  1. Madmanís Song
  2. Primavera in the North
  3. Curious Circumstance
  4. The Lost Path
  5. Parting Gift


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