Table of Contents   Previous Chapter   Next Chapter

ALEXANDER MONTGOMERIE

1540?-1610?

56                                         The Night is Near Gone

HEY! now the day dawis;
The jolly cock crawis;
Now shroudis1 the shawis2
   Thro Nature anon.
The thissel-cock cryis
On lovers wha lyis:
Now skaillis3 the skyis;
   The nicht is neir gone.
The fieldis ouerflowis
With gowans4 that growis,
Quhair lilies like low5 is
   As red as the rone.6
The turtle that true is,
With notes that renewis,
Her pairty7 pursuis:
   The nicht is neir gone.
Now hairtis with hindis
Conform to their kindis,
Hie tursis8 their tyndis9
   On ground quhair they grone.10
Now hurchonis,11 with hairis,
Aye passis in pairis;
Quhilk duly declaris
   The nicht is neir gone.
The season excellis
Through sweetness that smellis;
Now Cupid compellis
    Our hairtis echone
On Venus wha waikis,
To muse on our maikis,12
Syne sing for their saikis
    The nicht is neir gone!
All courageous knichtis
Aganis the day dichtis
The breist-plate that bright is
    To fight with their fone.13
The stonàd steed14 stampis
Through courage, and crampis,15
Syne on the land lampis:16
    The nicht is neir gone.
The freikis17 on feildis
That wight wapins18 weildis
With shyning bright shieldis
    At Titan19 in trone;
Stiff speiris in reistis
Ouer corseris crestis
Are broke on their breistis:
    The nicht is neir gone.
So hard are their hittis,
Some sweyis, some sittis,
And some perforce flittis20
    On ground quhile they grone.
Syne groomis that gay is
On blonkis21 that brayis
With swordis assayis:
    The nicht is neir gone.

1 shroudis: dress themselves.

2 shawis: woods.

3 skaillis: clears.

4 gowans: daisies.

5 low: flame.

6 rone: rowan.

7 pairty: partner, mate.

8 tursis: thrust.

9 tyndis: antlers.

10 grone: utter their rutting cry.

11 hurchonis: hedgehogs, urchins.

12 maikis: mates.

13 fone: foes.

14 stonàd steed: stallion.

15 crampis: prances.

16 lampis: gallops.

17 freikis: men, warriors.

18 wight wapins: stout weapons.

19 at Titan: over against Titan (the sun), or read as.

20 flittis: are cast.

21 blonkis: white palfreys.

Table of Contents   Previous Chapter   Next Chapter