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Belonging: Placing People

Belonging: Placing People

The stanza next to Figure 15.1 is possibly the most famous part of a poem by Alexander Gray, simply called ‘Scotland’. Gray, a civil servant and a professor of political economy, published it in 1928. Perhaps we marvel these days that a civil servant and economist could write such a poem, but such is its fame that the verse appears in stone on the wall leading to the Scottish parliament at the foot of Edinburgh’s Canongate. The poem ends:

Yet do thy children honour and love thee.

Harsh is thy schooling yet great is the gain:

True hearts and strong limbs, the beauty of faces,

Kissed by the wind and caressed by the rain.

Figure 15.1 This is my country (and poem stanza)

Source: Author’s ...

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