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Thread #48317   Message #3769802
Posted By: Jim Carroll
01-Feb-16 - 06:03 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Sheath and Knife
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sheath and Knife
"definitely 'a wound full sore'."
If it hasn't been mentioned. this is aa reference to the brother castrating himself.
The beauty of this ballad is its symbolism.

Mother I have tint (spoilt) my knife,
I loved it better than my life,
But I have tint a better thing,
The bonnie sheath my knife was in.

Powerful sexual symbolism or what!!
I Anglicised this many years ago - unfortunately sacrificing some of the lovely Scots words in the process.
I've just returned to it after many years and now find myself choking up on that beautiful verse - in this case, absence definitely has made the heart grow fonder.
Jim Carroll