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Outlandish Swap V: The Fiery Cross

Scottish clans were originally a Highland way of life. The Highland clan was, above all things, a family; a family in which everybody believed they were all, from chief to blacksmith, descended from one founder or progenitor. They regarded themselves as very close kinsmen. This Swap is dedicated to such clan families and will be organized into four clans.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Chieftess Challenge 2

My Good Sisters,You have done a braw job with your fancy words.

This challenge had two parts so I will reprint the challenge here: A Wee Tease ~ Scotland’s most famous Bard has written these words. 1) Can you rewrite them into something English and 2) let us know what the subject of the poem is?

Wee sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beastie,
O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an chase thee,
Wi murdering pattle!

Again, I recieved poems from 3 clans and I will share them here.

Clan Beauchamp:
1) Literal:
Small, sleek, scared, timid creature,
Oh, what a fear you have in your heart!
You don’t have to go away so fast With such a scamper!
I would be relunctant to run and chase after you
With my murderous plough!

Contemporary:
Oh, itty-bitty little thing,
How afraid you are!
You don’t have to scurry away so fast!
It’s not in me to chase after you,
With my killing machine!

2) Robert Burns is trying to assure this terrified little creature that he has no intention of causing it any harm. A mouse.

Clan Mackenzie
1) Oh, sly sneaky timid beastie
Why such a panic in your breast-y?
There's no need to run so hasty
With a flickering scamper.
I'm too bashful to go and chase thee
With my deadly plow

2) In English what is the subject: A farmer digs up a mouse's nest with his plow and he's talking to her.

Clan Murray:
1) Little sleek, cowering, fearful beast
Oh, how worries you are! (or: how the panic shows in your breast! I can't decide which is better)
You don't need to run away so fast
With a quivering run!
I would be loath to run and chase you,
with my murdering paddle.

2) it is about highland cattle

Scoring:
2 points for each of the poems.
2 points for the mouse (clan MacKenzie & Beauchamp)
Early bird: Clan MacKenzie 1 point ( 9/26 2:31 pm - 5 hours before the second one came in) 100% correct 1 point (MacKenzie, Beauchamp)

Summary:
Beauchamp: 5 points
MacKenzie: 6 points
Murray: 2 points

Standings:
Beauchamp: 3 + 5 = 8
MacKenzie: 4 + 6 = 10
Murray: 4 + 2 = 6
Way to go Kellan MacKenzie! Clan Fraser should be back on Tuesday and ready to partake of the Chieftess Challenges.

~Mordag Elsbeth McLean (abitknottie) of Clan Mackenzie

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