Poetry

Hawick Common Riding

By 10th April 2007December 9th, 2019No Comments

Children scamper on cobbled streets
wearing blue and yellow rosettes,
they are heading for the Backdamgate
to watch the horses saddled.

Parents follow looking proud
as drums and fifes play ‘Teribus,’
‘they’re coming, they’re coming,’
in the crowd now an excited buzz.

Hundreds of horses and riders appear
charge up the Loan to the Cheviot Hills,
led by an honest and upright son they
now ride to protect the marches.

The banner blue and yellow is held high
the Common Riding once more safe,
in the hands of Teri descendants
now they all in triumph shout…

‘Up With Auld Hawick
Hurrah, Hurrah, Hurrah.’

Elizabeth Murray Shipley

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