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HIGHLAND SO GILTY OF SOUTHLAND. At the 12th annual gathering, held yesterday evening, the following poem was recited by the author, Mr A.; Kinross ; Another year has passed away, and once again we meet. To listen to the Highland pipes, and Highland 'friends to greet, ’And when our pipers met in test, their rivals had to yield. And from the north our Southland band brought back the challenge shield. Though pioneers have passed away, and others lill their place, And thus maintain the standards of the ancient Highland race, And. though old men now stand aside, young lassies will advance. And on the stage so gracefully each Highland step will dance. Though sometimes to the foreign dance the reel may now give place, To suit the slower motions of a more luxurious race ; It always was the custom in the reiving days of old. To fdl the Highland pockets up with welcome Southron gold. The Gaelic tongue, though seldom heard, still warms the Highland heart. And still a drop of mountain dew can manly joy impart, And still with patriotic pride we sec the tartans wave. The emblems of each Highland clan, so gallant and so brave.

Still may the Km pi re that we love be blessed with lasting peace. And may the brotherhood of man Kach year by year increase ; But should invaders reach our shore, they shall find hearts as bold, ‘As when our fathers led the van in warlike days of old.

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Poetry., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 19, 24 August 1907

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Poetry. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 19, 24 August 1907

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