James Cathcart January 25, 2020 0 0

Happy Burns Day! Whether or not you are haggising today we wish you a blessed day of good food, good company and good fun. Here’s a wee piece using Scots language entitled ‘Thankit’ that weaves the end of the Selkirk Grace with a desire to bring our entire lives to God: the good, the bad, and the footery! 


In fantoush halls an in wee couthie hooses
Let the Lord be Thankit!
In quiet douce moments an in birls o laughter 
Let the Lord be Thankit!
In a stooshie or in a fankle
Let the Lord be Thankit!
When we’re fit tae burst an when we’re famished
Let the Lord be Thankit!
When we’re blythe an when we’re scunnered
Let the Lord be Thankit!
When we haver an when we hae were doots 
Let the Lord be Thankit!
When we daunder an when we hirple
Let the Lord be Thankit!
When we can nae longer haud were wheesht 
Let the Lord Be Thankit!
We Scots wha hae wi Jesus bled
Wha stravaig where he has led
Wha meet tae share a meal
Wha eat an drink an mind him weel
This is what we ask —
Brothers and sisters the world over for a that
Us wi were honest sonsie faces
equipped wi were Selkirk Graces
Whether we be
Kilted an hilted tae the nines
Or coorying doon on a settee wi a blanket
— Cry yin an a: “Let the Lord be Thankit!”

James Cathcart

Brief Scots Gloss:

A’: all. Birls: revolutions. Blythe: glad/happy. Coorying (doon): settling/snuggling. Couthie pleasant/comfy. Daunder: stroll/wonder. Doots: doubts.
Douce: quiet/gentle. Fankle: tangle/muddle. Fantoush: flash/swanky. Footery: awkward. Haud: hold. Haver: waffle. Hirple: hobble. Scunnered: fed up/done in. Sonsie: engaging. Stooshie: commotion/fracas. Stravaig: roam/wander. Thankit: thanked. Weel: well. Were: our. Wha (hae): who have. Wheesht (haud your wheesht): a call for quiet. Yin: one.