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Ae auld wheelbarrow, mair for token,
Ae leg an' baith the trams are broken ;
I made a poker o' the spin'le,

auld mother brunt the trin'le.-
For men, I've three mischievous boys,
Run de'ils for rantin' an' for poise;
A gaudsman ane, a thrasher t’other,
Wee Davock hauds the nowt in fother.
I rule them as I ought, discreetly,
An' aften labour them completely.
An' ay on Sundays duly nightly,
I on the questions targe them tightly ;
Till faith, wee Davock's turn'd sae gleg,
Tho' scarcely langer than your leg,
He'll screed you aff Effectual Calling,
As fast as ony in the dwalling: -
I've nane in female servan' station,
(L-d keep me ay frae a' temptation !)
I ha'e nae wife; and that my bliss is,

have laid nae tax on misses 5;
An' then if kirk folks dinna clutch me,
I ken the devils dare na touch me.
Wi' weans l'm mair than weel contented,
Heav'n sent me ane mae than I wanted.
My sonsie smirking dear-bought Bess,
She stares the daddy in her face,
Enough of ought ye like but grace ;


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But her, my bonny sweet wee lady,
I've paid enough for her already,
An' gin ye tax her or her mither,
B’ the L-d! ye’se get them a' thegither.

And now, remember Mr A-k-n,
Nae kind of licence out I'm takin';
Frae this time forth, I do declare,
I'se ne'er ride horse nor hizzie mair ;
Thro' dirt and dub for life I'll paidle,
Ere I sae dear pay for a saddle;}
My travel a' on foot I'll shank it,
I've sturdy bearers, Gude be thankit.
The Kirk an' you may takyou that,
It puts but little in your pat ;
Sae dinna put me in your buke,
Nor for my ten white shillings luke.

This list wi' my ain han’ I wrote it,
Day an' date as under notit,
Then know all ye whom it concerns,
Subscripsi huic,


Mossgiel, February 22d, 1986.


Burns, accompanied by a Friend, having gone to Inverary

at a time when some company were there on a visit to his Grace the Duke of Argyll, finding himself and his com. panion entirely neglected by the Inn-keeper, whose whole attention seemed to be occupied with the visitors of his Grace, expressed his disapprobation of the incivility with which they were treated in the following lines :

WHOE'ER he be that sojourns here,

I pity much his case,
Unless he come to wait upon

The Lord their God, his Grące.

There's naething here but Highland pride,

And Highland scab and hunger ;
If Providence has sent me here,

'Twas surely in an anger.




LAMENT him Mauchline husbands a',

He aften did assist ye;
For had ye staid whole weeks awa',

Your wives they ne'er had miss'd ye.

Ye Mauchline bairns, as on ye pass

To school in bands thegither, O tread ye lightly on his grass,

Perhaps he was your father.




O Thou whom Poetry abhors,
Whom Prose has turned out of doors,
Heard'st thou that groan—proceed no further,
'Twas laurell’d Martial roaring murder !





Tak following Epigram, written in a moment of festivity by

Burns, was so much relished by Grose, that he made it serve as an excuse for prolonging the convivial occasion that gave it birth, to a very late hour.

The Devil got notice that Grose was a-dying,
So whip! at the summons, old Satan came flying;
But when he approach'd where poor Francis lay

moaning, And saw each bed-post with its burden a-groaning, * Astonished ! confounded ! cry'd Satan,“ by G-d, " I'll want 'im, ere I take such a d-ble load.”

* Mr Grose was exceedingly corpulent, and used to rally himself, with the greatest good humour, on the singular rotun. dity of his figure.


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