W L Ferguson

THESE poems, like all my work in Scots, are written in my native Merse dialect. In some cases I have spelt certain words phonetically, as I remember them being pronounced; but I have not deemed it necessary to do this in every case. For example, "cat" is pronounced "caut" ; "bad," "baud." In words such as "tired," "byre," the "i" and "y" have the same sound as "i" in the English "tile," file," etc. The "u" in "bull" has the same sound as the "u" in the English word "gull."

W. L. F.