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'Twas in that place o' Scotland's isle,
That bears the name o' Auld King Coil,
Upon a bonnie day in June,
When wearing thro' the afternoon,
I'wa dogs that were na thrang at bame,
Forgather'd ance upon a time.

The first l'll name, they ca'd hiin Cæsar,
Was keepit for his Honor's pleasure:
· His hair, bis size, his mouth, his lugs,
Show'd he was nane o' Scotland's dogs,
But whalpit some place far abroad,
Where sailors gang to fish for cod.

His locked, letter'd, braw brass collar, Show'd him the gentleman and scholar; But though he was o' high degree, The fient a pride, na pride had he; But wad bae spent an hour caressin, Ey'n wi’ a tinkler gipsey's messin ; At kirk or market, mill or smiddie Nae tawted tyke, tho' e'er sae duddie, But he wad stao't, as glad to see him, . And stroan't on stages an' billocks wi' him,

The tither was a ploughman's collie, A rhyming, ranting, raving billie, Wha for his friend an' comrade had him, And io bis freaks bad Luath ca'd him, After soge dog in Highland sang, * . Was made lang syne-Lord koows how lang

Cachullin's dog in Ossian's Fingala


He was a gash an' faithful tyke,
As ever lap a sheugh or dyke ;
His honest, sonsie, baws'nt face,
Ay gat him friends in ilka place.
His breast was white, his tow zic back
Weel clad wi' coat o' glossy black;
His gawcie tail, wi' upward curl,
Hung o'er bis hurdies wi' a swirl.

Nae doubt but they were fain o'ither,
An' unco pack an' thick thegither ;
Wi’social nuse whiwlęs snuff'd and snowkit,
Whyles mice an' moudieworts they howkit;
Whyles scour'd awa in lang excursion,
An' worry'd ither in diversion ;
Until wi' daffin weary grown,
Upon a knowe they sat them down,
And there began a long disgression
About the lords o' the creation.


I've often wonder'd, honest Luath,
What sort o' life poor dogs like you have ;
An' when the gentry's life I saw,
What way poor bodies liv'd ava.

Our Laird gets in bis racked rents,
His coals, his kain, and a' his stents;
He rises when he likes himsel ;
His flunkies answer at the bell :
He ca's his coach, he ca's his horse;
He draws a bonny silken purse,
As lang's my tail, whare, thro' the steeks,
The yellow letter'd Geordie keeks.

Frae morn to e'en it's nought but toiling, At baking, roasting, frying, boiling ; An tho' the gentry first are stechin, Yet ev’n the ha' folk fill their pechan Wi’ sauce, ragouts, and sicklike trashtrie, That's little short of downright wastrie. Our whipper-in, we blastit wonner, Poor worthless elf, it eats a dinver, Better than ony tenant man His bonour has in a' the lan'

Ao' what poor cot.folk pit their pailich in,
I own it's past my comprehension.


Trowth, Cæsar, whyles they're fash't enougb;
A cottar howkin in a sheugh, .
Wi'dirty stanes biggin a dyke,
Baring a quarry, and sicklike,
Himself, a wife, he thus sustains,
A smytrie o' wee duddie weans,
An' nought but bis han' darg, to keep
Them right aod tight io thack an' rape.

An' when they meet wi' sair disasters,
Like loss o' health, or want o' masters,
Ye maist wad think, a wee touch langer,
An' they maun starve o'cauld and hunger;
But, how it comes, I never ken’d yet,
They're maistly wonderfu' contented ;
An'buirdly chiels, an' clever bizzies,
Are bred in sic a way as this is.

But then to see how ye're negleckit,
How buff'd, and cuff'd, and disrespeckit!
Ld man, our gentry care as little,
For delvers, ditchers, ap' sic cattle ;
They gang as saucy by poor folk,
As I wad by a stinking brock.

I've notic'd, on our Laird's court-day,
An' mony a time my heart's been wae,
Poor tenant bodies, scaut o' cash,
How they maun thole a factor's snash :
Pe'll stamp an' threaten, curse an' swear,
He'll apprehend them, poind their gear ;
While they maun stan', wi' aspect humble,
An' hear it a', an fear an treinble !

I see how folk live that hae riches .
But surely poor folk maun be wretches ?


They're nae sae wretched's ane wad think
Tho' constantly on poortith's brink :

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