It’s an owercome sooth for age an’ youth
And it brooks wi’ nae denial,
That the dearest friends are the auldest friends
And the young are just on trial.
There’s a rival bauld wi’ young an’ auld
And it’s him that has bereft me;
For the surest friends are the auldest friends
And the maist o’ mines hae left me.
There are kind hearts still, for friends to fill
And fools to take and break them;
But the nearest friends are the auldest friends
And the grave’s the place to seek them.
TABLE OF COMMON SCOTTISH VOWEL SOUNDS
ae } = open A as in rare.
au } = AW as in law
ea = open E as in mere, but this with exceptions, as
heather = heather, wean=wain, lear=lair.
ei } = open E as in mere.
oa = open O as in more.
ou = doubled O as in poor.
ow = OW as in bower.
u = doubled O as in poor.
ui or u-umlaut before R = (say roughly) open A as in
ui or u-umlaut before any other consonant = (say roughly)
close I as in grin.
y = open I as in kite.
i = pretty nearly what you please, much as in English,
Heaven guide the reader through that labyrinth! But in Scots
it dodges usually from the short I, as in grin, to the open E,
as in mere. Find the blind, I may remark, are prounced to
rhyme with the preterite of grin.