"The Great Sealchie of Sule Skerrie"
Ballads Weird and Wonderful (1912)
Single Greeting Card (with matching Envelope)
BWW M4 SGC
Detail (for reference)
Reproduction on 8x12'' sheet
BWW M4 8x12
Reproduction on 12x18'' sheet
BWW M4 12x18
The Great Sealchie of Sule Skerrie
An earthly nourice sits and sings,
And aye she sings, "Ba, lily wean!
Little ken I my bairn's father,
Far less the land that he staps in."
Then ane arose at her bed-foot,
And a grumly guest I'm sure was he:
"Here am I, they bairn's father,
Although I be not comèlie.
"I am a man upon the lan',
And I am a sealchie in the sea;
And when I'm far and far frae lan',
My dwelling is in Sule Skerrie." –
"It was na weel," quo' the maiden fair,
"It was na weel, indeed," quoth she,
"That the Great Sealchie of Sule Skerrie
Should hae come and aught a bairn to me."
Now he has te'en a purse of gowd,
And he has put it upon her knee,
Saying, "Gie to me my little young son,
And tak' thee up they nourice-fee.
"And it shall pass on a summer'd day,
When the sun shines hot on every stane,
That I will take my little young son,
And teach him for to swim the faem.
"And thou shalt marry a proud gunner,
And a proud gunner I'm sure he'll be,
And the very first shot that e'er he shoots,
He'll shoot baith my young son and me."