Flowers of the Forest

  William Matthew Anderson, III
  Janet Ellen Wood Mitchell
  Dale F. Baird Sr.
  Kevin O. Moore
  Ernest G. Williams
  Vernon K. Crow
  Donald R. Lindsay Sr.
  Robert S. Carpenter
  Oliver W. Youngblood


I’ve heard the lilting, at the yowe-milking,
Lasses a-lilting before dawn o’ day;
But now they are moaning on ilka green loaning;
“The Flowers of the Forest are a’ wede away”.

As buchts, in the morning, nae blythe lads are scorning;
The lasses are lonely and dowie and wae.
Nae daffin’, nae gabbin’, but sighing and sobbing,
Ilk ane lifts her leglen, and hies her away.

In hairst, at the shearing, nae youths now are jeering,
The Bandsters are lyart, and runkled and grey.
At fair or at preaching, nae wooing, nae fleeching,
The Flowers of the Forest are a’ wede away.

At e’en, in the gloaming, nae swankies are roaming,
’Bout stacks wi’ the lasses at bogle to play.
But ilk ane sits drearie, lamenting her dearie,
The Flowers of the Forest are a’ wede away.

Dule and wae for the order sent our lads to the Border;
The English, for ance, by guile wan the day:
The Flowers of the Forest, that foucht aye the foremost,
The prime o’ our land are cauld in the clay.

We'll hae nae mair lilting, at the yowe-milking,
Women and bairns are dowie and wae.
Sighing and moaning, on ilka green loaning,
The Flowers of the forest are all wede away.

“Flowers of the Forest” is an ancient Scottish folk tune.  The original lyrics are unknown, but the melody is thought to have been first recorded between AD 1615-1625.  Several lyrical versions have been added to the tune, most notably those of Jean Elliot in 1756.  Utilizing popular poetry selections, she framed the tune as a lament to the deaths of 10,000 Scottish soldiers, who perished along with King James IV and a large number of the nobility, at the Battle of Flodden Field.  The song, written in Scots, describes the grief of women and children at the loss of their loved ones.  Bagpipe versions of the song are played at memorial services, funerals and other occasions, such as events held on Remembrance Day which commemorate the war dead.  Many individuals in the Commonwealth know the tune simply as “The Lament”.  Here, we lament the recent passing of our members.
- The Editor


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Name

Post

Dates

Military Service


William Matthew Anderson, III


b. July 22, 1942
d. February 8, 2016

 
U.S. Marine Corps 1963 – 1969


Janet Ellen Wood Mitchell


b. November 13, 1946
d. February 26, 2016


Dale F. Baird Sr.


100

b. February 19, 1926
d. March 29, 2016

 
U.S.Air Force 1945


Kevin O Moore


1739

b. Nov. 26, 1955
d. April 15, 2016

 
U.S.Air Force 1975 – 1979


Ernest G. Williams

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b. May 22, 1920
d. July 19, 2016

 
U.S.Army Air Corps 1942 – 1945


Vernon K. Crow


100

b. June 23, 1934
d. July 31, 2016

 
U.S.Army 1951  


Donald R. Lindsay Sr.


1864

b. February 7, 1944
d. September 2, 2016

 
U.S.Army  


Robert Stuart Carpenter


b. April 8, 1940
d. September 2, 2016

 
U.S.Army  


Oliver W. Youngblood


7

b. May 29, 1938
d. December 26, 2016

   
U.S. Air Force 1955 – 1978

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