My curse upon the great sheep

19 February 2024

A song by Eòghann MacDhonnchaidh researched and sung by Caitlyn Yule

Lyrics

My curse upon the great sheep!
Where now are the children of the kindly folk
who parted from me when I was young,
before Sutherland became a desert?

Sixty three years have passed
since I left Sutherland.
Where are all my beloved young men
and the girls that were so pretty?

Sellar, you are in your grave-
the wailing of widows in your ears;
the destruction you wrought upon the people
up until last year- have you had your fill of it?

Duchess of Sutherland, where are you now?
Where are your silk gowns?
Did they save you from the hatred and fury
which today permeates the press?

First Duke of Sutherland, with your deceit,
and your consorting with the Lowlanders,
you deserve to be in Hell-
I’d rather consort with Judas.

My curse upon the great sheep!
Where now are the children of the kindly folk
who parted from me when I was young,
before Sutherland became a desert?

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