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And mony a ane that I could tell,
There's S-h for ane, I doubt he's but a grey nick quill,
And that ye'll fin'.
O! a' ye flocks, o'er a' the hills,
To cow the lairds,
To choose their herds.
Then orthodoxy yet may prance,
That bites sae sair,
Let him bark there.
Then Shaw's and Dalrymple's eloquence,
And guid Mh, Wi' $th wha thro' the heart can glance,
May a' pack aff.
ON THE PUBLICATION OF HIS ESSAYS.
O GOUDIE! terror of the Whigs,
Girnin' looks back,
Wad seize you quick.
Poor gapin', glowrin' Superstition,
To see her w-t-er ;
She'll ne'er get better.
Auld Orthodoxy lang did grapple,
Nigh unto death;
An' gasps for breath.
Enthusiasm 's past redemption,
Will ever mend her,
Death soon will end her.
'Tis you and Taylor * are the chief, Wha are to blame for this mischief; But gin the Lord's ain focks gat leave,
A toom tar barrel, An' twa red peats wad send relief,
An' end the quarrel.
* Dr Taylor of Norwich.
IN ANSWER TO A MANDATE
SURVEYOR OF THE TAXES.
[This Poem has been printed in the Liverpool Edition, but
is here given with additions from a manuscript of the Author. The lines added are printed in Italics.] ·
Sir, as your mandate did request,
an' a' my graith,
Imprimis, then, for carriage cattle,
My * Lan-afore's a gude auld has-been, An' wight an’ wilfu' a' his days been. My † Lan'-ahin 's a weel gaun fillie, That aft has borne me hame frae Killief, An' your auld burrough mony a time, In days when riding was nae crimeBut ance whan in my wooing pride I like a blockhead boost to ride The wilfu' creature sae I pat to, (L-d pardon a' my sins an' that to !) I play'd my.fillie sic a shavie, She's a' bedevild wi' the spavie. My $ Furr-ahin 's a wordy beast, As e'er in tug or tow was trac'd.— The fourth's a Highland Donald hastie, A d-n'd red wud Kilburnie blastie; Foreby a Cowt o' Cowt's the wale, As ever ran afore a tail. If he be spar'd to be a beast, He'll draw me fifteen pun' at least. Wheel carriages I ha'e but few, Three carts, an' twa are feckly new;
* The fore horse on the left-hand in the plough. + The hindmost on the left-hand in the plough.