David’s Story: ‘The Freedom Come All Ye’ Thursday, 4 February 2010Posted by edincityoflit in Stories.
Tags: Hamish Henderson
I remember this particular poem by Hamish Henderson for two reasons – it is one of the first poems that I learned in Scots, and because of the anti-apartheid reference in the last verse. Nyanga is one of the townships of Cape Town, and it is right on the Atlantic. The only thing “frae yont Nyanga” is Robben Island.
from “The Freedom Come All Ye.”
When Maclean’s wi’ his frens in Springburn
A’ the roses and geans shall turn to bloom
And the black boy frae yont Nyanga
Dings the fell gallows o’ the burghers doon.
David Kenvyn is Assistant Manager of Community Libraries at East Dunbartonshire Council.