John Speller's Web Pages Carol of the Skiddaw Yowes

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Carol of the Skiddaw Yowes
Edmund Casson was a poet of the English Lake District who wrote in the first half of the twentieth century. Skiddaw is a mountain with its summit 3,054 feet above sea level, situated in the Lake District just north of Keswick in Cumbria. Casson's charming text compares the plight of the ewes (dialect: yowes) on the bleak slopes of Skiddaw in winter with at of the ewes of first-century Palestine. The poem was dedicated to the Gloucestershire poet John Wilton Haines.

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