Flowers 'O The Forest

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Flowers of the Forest is a traditional Scottish lament, a song of mourning and remembrance.  It is also a ceremony for departed loved ones which has become a tradition in the Scottish community.

It is an on-going part of Scottish Highland Games and Festivals across the country to recognize those family members that have departed.

At the celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the arrival of the Geenlaws in North America we participated in an old tradition by reading the "Flowers 'o the Forest" with the bagpipes playing in the background.  This was done as a tribute and memorial to all those Greenlaws that came before us. 

I've seen the smiling
Of fortune beguiling,
I've tasted her pleasures,
And felt her decay;
Sweet is her blessing,
And kind her caressing,
But now they are fled
And fled far away.

I've seen the forest
Adorned the foremost,
Wi' flowers o' the fairest
Baith pleasant and gay,
Sae bonnie was their blooming,
Their scent the air perfuming,
But now they are withered away.

I've seen the morning,
With gold hills adorning,
And loud tempests storming,
Before parting day,
I've seen Tweed's silver streams,
Glitt'ring in the sunny beams,
Grow drumlie and dark,
As they roll'd on their way;

O fickle fortune!
Why this cruel sportin?
Oh! Why thus perplex
Us poor sons of a day?
Thy frown canna fear me,
Thy smile canno cheer me,
Since the flowers o' the forest
Are a' wede away.

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The Greenlaw Family Association was founded in 2004 as a result of ongoing interest evolving out of the bi-sesquicentennial celebrations held in Brunswick, Maine, in August of 2003, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the arrival of William and Jane Greenlaw and their children in America in 1753 after having left their native Scotland.


The Greenlaw Family Association is a non-profit, all-volunteer association dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the Greenlaw Family heritage.

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