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ANCIENT AND MODERN;
CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS AND BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES,
BY ROBERT BURNS.
PRINTED FOR T. CADELL AND W. DAVIES, STRAND.
By J. M'CREERY, Black-Horse-Court, Fleet-Street.
( 945 v. 2
SELECT SCOTISH SONGS, &c.
TAK YOUR AULD CLOAK ABOUT YE.
A PART of this old song, according to the English set of it, is quoted in Shakspeare.*
In winter when the rain rain'd cauld,
And frost and snaw on ilka hill,
Was threat'ning a' our ky to kill :
She said to me right hastily,
And tak your auld cloak about ye.
My Cromie is an useful cow,
And she is come of a good kyne ;
And I am laith that she shou'd tyne
* In the drinking scene in Othello. This song was recovered by Dr. Percy, and preserved by him in his Reliques of Antient Poetry. VOL. 11.