Ootcast Kirk

Covwor
scottish covenanters mid 1600’s

Aye and ’tis a bonnie glen

And for us the Laird’s enclave

Dinna fush the soldiers’ menace

‘Tis this moment that He gave.

And we gaither ‘neath the stars

And we tak the wine and bread

And we cleave with benediction

To each Word arr Saviour said.

This is Church

Mind not the dampness

And the laing hike to and fro’

For the Pastor of our choosin’

Meets us here, and helps us grow.

Though he lives just like an ootcast

With a price upon his head

He can still preach Heaven doon t’us

And we treasure all he said.

Sure ’tis hard times we endure

For the One King of our Kirk

Jesus, here, atop this hillside

And His glorious finished work.

And a lark flits kindly by us

And a sheep bleats out content

And we learn through sterling sufferin’

What the hunted Psalmist meant.

Hebrews 11: 38

In Memory       of       ALEXANDER       PEDEN       [ A native of       Sorn ]

 THAT       FAITHFUL MINISTER OF CHRIST,WHO.       FOR HIS       UNFLINCHING ADHERENCE  TO THE COVENANTED REFORMATION IN SCOTLAND,WAS       EXPELLED BY       TYRANT RULERS FROM HIS PARISH       OF NEW       LUCE,IMPRISONED FOR YEARS ON THE       BASS ROCK BY       HIS PERSECUTORS,AND HUNTED        FOR HIS LIFE       ON THE SURROUNDING MOUNTAINS       AND MOORS,       TILL HIS DEATH ON 26TH JANUARY 1686*       IN THE 60TH       YEAR OF HIS AGE, AND HERE       AT LAST , HIS       DUST REPOSES IN PEACE,AWAITING       THE       RESURRECTION OF THE JUST       SUCH WERE THE       MEN THESE HILLS  WHO TRODE       STRONG IN THE       LOVE AND FEAR OF GOD       DEFYING       THROUGH THE LONG DARK HOUR,       ALIKE THE       CRAFT AND RAGE OF POWER.

 ERECTED        IN       1891.

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