I Met a Man Wha Speer'd at Me
I met a man wha speer'd at me,
Grow there berries in the sea?
I answered him by speering again,
Is there skate on Clochnaben?
There was a hielandman axed at me,
What, grows there berries into the sea?
As I could answer him again,
What, grows there skate upon Cloch-na-ben?
(1) Chambers PRS 1847; MacLennan SNR (1909), 18; Nicht
at Eenie (1932), 28.
(2) Paul, Past & Present of Aberdeenshire (1881), 158
awak'd it forc'd her to weep;he dreaming lay, and thought her
and references. Clochnaben is a hill in Aberdeenshire. This
may be a floater, turning up in versions of "I Once Loved a