River Tweed near source, Glenbreck, Scotland: photo by Andrew Barclay, 26 March 2009
Says Tweed to Till --
The River Till: photo by jillyspoon, 14 January 2012
'What gars ye rin sae still?'
River Tweed from Mertoun House, near St Boswells: photo by Jean Walley, 17 May 2003
Says Till to Tweed --
Falling water: main channel of the River Till flowing through an overspill: photo by borderglider, 14 September 2007
'Though ye rin with speed
Waves on River Tweed on a windy day: photo by Karen V Bryan, 29 May 2011
And I rin slaw,
Trout rising to flies, River Till, Northumberland: photo by borderglider, 14 September 2007
For ae man that ye droon
Paxton House on the River Tweed from Union Bridge: photo by Michael Lindley, 17 February 2009
I droon twa.'
View over River Till joining River Tweed: photo by Karen V Bryan, 14 January 2012
The River Tweed at Coldstream in the Scottish Borders: photo by Mick Knapton, 24 August 2004
The River Tweed between Birgham and Coldstream: photo by Adrian Johnston, 16 January 2012
gars = makes
droon = drown
Says Tweed to Till: anonymous, 17th/18th c.
The bare rolling stretch of country from the North Tyne and Cheviots to the Scottish southern uplands was for a long time the territory of men who spoke English but had the outlook of Afghan tribesmen; they prized a poem almost as much as plunder...
-- A. L. Lloyd, Folk Song in England, 1967