Friday, 20 July 2007

The Lowland Scots Prayer [also known as The Lowland Scot's Prayer]

RE: The Scotsman's Prayer: I laughed out loud! Lovely. I pushed and played with it, drifting it into Lowland Scots (Scots is Lowland, but you understand the nature of dilution of language requires assertion of place) then realised i ought just to do my own, Lowland Scots approach. So here you are, all these places are in Dumfries and Galloway, where I was born. This is for my mother.

The Lowland Scots Prayer [also known as The Lowland Scot's Prayer]

Wur Faither, whae airt Innermessan,
Hallae be thon Name.
Thon Kippford come.
Yer Wigtown done,
in Elrig as it is Innermessan.
Gie us this day wur daily Bladnoch.
And forgae us wur Palnackie’s,
As we forgae them what Palnackie agin us.
And lead us no intae Tongland;
But deliver us frae Ecclefechan.
Fur yers is the Kirtle, The Powfoot an the Irongray,
fur Annan an Annan,

Just for reference, Ian Dury's source, The Lord's Prayer:

Our Father, which art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
in earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.

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