O foul fa ye, fause Blackwood
And aye an ill death may ye dee,
For ye was the first occasioner
Of parting my gude lord and me.
Monday, 12 September 2011
Foul fa ye
I am familiar with the terms 'fair fa ye' and 'sonse fa ye', which are found in both Scots and Ulster-Scots and which wish someone well.. However I was unfamiliar with the phrase 'foul fa ye' until I came across it in the old Scots ballad Jamie Douglas. It means to wish someone ill: