The Winter of Scottish Discontent

"The miller's daughter walking by

With frozen fingers soldered to her basket

Seems to be knocking

Upon a hundred leagues of floor

With her light heels, and mocking Percy and Douglas dead.

And Bruce on his burial bed,

Where he lies white as may With wars and leprosy,

And all the kings before

This land was kingless.

And all the singers before

This land was songless . . . "

—Edwin Muir, "Scotland's Winter"

Rockford in July seems an unlikely place and time to hold "The First Annual Highland Games" unless it were in obedience to the biblical admonition that "the...

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