Scottish Poetry Selection
- Sandy MacNab
Sandy MacNabSandy McNab was the fule o' the class?
Naething per cent was his usual pass;
No like the geniuses whiles ye may ken,
That draws like Turner and count like hen;
Useless at ane - at the ither a dab -
Useless at a'thing was Sandy MacNab
But, dunce as he was, at the start o' his teens
Sandy, converted - (whatever that means) -
Settled to wark like a mawk on a blade,
Bored through his Caesar - his grammar re-read;
Fought wi' his algebra - steekit his gab,?
Nane was sae altered as Sandy MacNab
I ken that he never could pass the Prelim.,
But he trusted in me as I didna in him;
Begged me to help him his logic to "stew" -
And here he's the day wi' the news that he's through!
Wi' a cane in his han' - in his button a bab -
What d'ye think o' our Sandy MacNab?
Meaning of unusual words:
steekit his gab=kept quiet
Prelim.=Preliminary Examination, usually taken before the Higher Leaving Certificate in the 5th year of Secondary education.
stew=work hard at
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