North Lothian what?

God was fed up with the Scots and English always fighting, so he suggested a way to resolve matters. There would be a poetry competition. It would be a 4 line poem including the word Timbuktu.

The English chose Wordsworth, and this was his poem

I went into a foreign land

I came upon a silver strand

A sailing ship hove into view

Her destination – Timbuktu

The Scots asked Rabbie Burns to be their poet and he wrote

Tim and I a walking went

We spied three virgins in a tent

Since they were three and we were two

I bucked one and Tim bucked two

(I found this masterpiece in the Times yesterday.)

 

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