Andrew Lang (born March 13,  1844, Selkirk, Scotland – died July 20, 1912, Banchory, Kincardineshire) was a prolific Scots man of letters. He was a Scottish historian, translator, journalist, lecturer, biographer, poet, novelist,  literary critic, and contributor to anthropology.

He now is best known as having created one of the most important collections of folk and fairy tales in the world—his “color” fairy book series. Lang often collaborated with his wife, Leonore Blanche Alleyne, in adapting and translating the stories, which were taken from countries throughout the world.

He was also an avid golfer and fisherman, and he and Leonore traveled to France and Italy. As a journalist, poet, critic and historian, he soon made a reputation as one of the most able and versatile writers of the day.

Off My Game By Andrew Lang

“I’m of my game,” the golfer said,
And shook his locks in woe;
“My putter never lays me dead,
My drives will never go;
Howe’er I swing, howe’er I stand,
Results are still the same,
I’m in the burn, I’m in the sand –
I’m off my game!

“Oh, would that such mishaps might fall
On Laidlay or Macfie,
That they might toe or heel the ball,
And sclaff along like me!
Men hurry from me in the street,
And execrate my name,
Old partners shun me when we meet –
I’m off my game!

“Why is it that I play at all?
Let memory remind me
How once I smote upon my ball,
And bunkered it–BEHIND ME.
I mostly slice into the whins,
And my excuse is lame –
It cannot cover half my sins –
I’m off my game!

“I hate the sight of all my set,
I grow morose as Byron;
I never loved a brassey yet,
And now I hate an iron.
My cleek seems merely made to top,
My putting’s wild or tame;
It’s really time for me to stop –
I’m off my game!”

A Batch of Golfing Papers includes;

The Chelah’s Round, by Andrew Lang

Ballade of the Duffer, by W. Caine

The Caddies of St Andrews, by R. Whyte Gibson

and the Dictionary of Golf, by D. Irons.

Published in 1892 this classic work of golf literature by Andrew Lang will give your hours of reading pleasure.

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Until next time,

Lawrie Montague