ROBERTSON: This is one of the poems about Aberdeen and one of my favorite bars in Aberdeen, which, I will reveal now, exclusively, is called "The Prince of Wales," and it has the longest bar counter in Scotland, apparently. It's a famous place for day-drinking, which is the serious kind, as you probably know. The poem is a true story about one of these grave day-drinkers that I encountered there. Indeed, "The Long Horne" is a Scottish euphemism for the grave. It might have been a better name for the pub, now I come to think about it.
ROBERTSON: I'm a son of the manse, which means my father was a minister in the Church of Scotland. That sonnet is addressed to—or, at least, dedicated to—Jessie Seymour Irvine who was also a child of the manse: daughter of the Reverend Alexander Irvine. As a teenager, she wrote the tune she called "Crimond," which is the standard setting for the 23rd Psalm. Crimond is a fishing village just up the coast from where I was brought up, and I love that part of the country and was fascinated by this young woman writing this beautiful air, so I started thinking about my own father.
John Thompson, 'Poetry in Australia: Douglas Stewart,' in Brian Kiernan, ed., Considerations: New
Essays on Kenneth Slessor, Judith Wright and Douglas Stewart (Sydney: Angus and
Robertson, 1977), pp.