The Barley Bree

(A Fragment)

Here are we met, a very merry set,
And a jovial set of boys are we
And we’ll’ drink and sing and mak the tavern ring,
Owre a we drap o’ the barley bree.

Sae we’ill no get fou,
We’ill no get fou,
For that wad spoil a’ the spree;
Sae we’ill tak a we drap,
And hae a social crack,
Owre a we drap o’ the barley bree.

And as we’ve a met thagether to hae a spree,
I houp nane o’ us will disagree.
By getting owre fou, until we spu,
By taking owre muckle o’ the barley bree.


This early poem appeared in the Correspondence column of the Aberdeen Weekly News on 29th March 1879.

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