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In guid time comes an antidote
Against sic poisoned nostrum;
Ascends the holy rostrum:
An' meek an’ mim23 has viewed it,
i porridge-time. 3 shrewd. + attire. • joczing. • lusty chaps.
8 running. .busy. 10 large slice. 11 cakes. 12 crisp. 15 planks. 14 gabbling,
15 soiled. 16 sample.
17 hand. 18 ascends.
19 the devil. 21 unearthly. 22 river's mouth. 23 primly.
While Common Sense has ta'en the road, His talk o' hell, whare devils dwell,
Our vera “sauls does harrow"
Wi' fright that day.
Filled fou o' lowin18 brunstane, Tho' in his heart he weel believes
Whase ragin flame an' scorchin heat An' thinks it auld wives' fables:
Wad melt the hardest whun-stane! But faith! the birkie’ wants a manse,
The half-asleep start up wi' fear So cannilief he hums them;
An' think they hear it roarin, 195
150 Altho' his carnal wit an' sense
When presently it does appear Like hafflins-wise) o'ercomes him
'Twas but some neebor snorin, At times that day.
Asleep that day.
How monie stories past,
An' how they crouded to the yill, 21
When they were a' dismist;
How drink gaed round in cogs and caups While thick an' thrang, an' loud an' lang,
Amang the furms24 an' benches: Wi’ logic an' wi' Scripture,
An' cheese and bread frae women's laps 20;
Was dealt about in lunches
An' dawds25 that day.
In comes a gawsie,28 gasha guidwife Leeze mell on drink! it gies us mair
An’ sits down by the fire, Than either school or college:
Syne28 draws her kebbuck2 an' her knife; It kindles wit, it waukens lear, 165
The lasses they are shyer: It pangs13 us fou o' knowledge.
The auld guidmen about the grace Be't whisky-gill or penny-wheep, 14
Frae side to side they bother, Or onie stronger potion,
Till some ane by his bonnet lays, It never fails, on drinkin deep,
And gi'es them't, 30 like a tether, 215 To kittle15
Fu' lang that day.
Waesucks!31 for him that gets nae lass, The lads an' lasses, blythely bent
Or lasses that hae naething! To mind baith saul an' body,
Sma' need has he to say a grace, Sit round the table weel content,
Or melvie32 his braw claithing! An' steer about the toddy.
175 O wives, be mindfu' ance yoursel On this ane's dress an' that ane's leuk How bonie lads ye wanted, They're makin observations;
An' dinna for a kebbuck-heel33 While some are cozie i' the neuk, 16
Let lasses be affronted An' formin assignations
On sic a day!
225 To meet some day. 180
Now Clinkumbell, wi' rattlin tow, 34
Some swagger hame the best they dow, An' echoes back return the shouts
Some wait the afternoon. Black Russell is na spairin.
At slaps37 the billies 38 halt a blink, 230 His piercin words, like Highlan'swords, 185 Till lasses strip their shoon: Divide the joints an' marrow;
19 brimstone. ? babbles. a fellow * cunningly. partly.
25 pieces. 6 all through the house.
28 then. 8 ale-cup. 10 pint-mug. 11 good luck to! 30 gives it to them.
31 alas. 12 learning. 18 packs.
35 swing. 17 roaring.
in the hedge. 38
20 whinstone. 21 ale. cups.
> jolly: 2 cheese 3: soil ,
22 wooden bowls.
Thou saw the fields laid bare and waste, 25 An' weary winter comin fast,
I talk. 2 stone. 3 by. * disgrace. 5 soft, sleek. hurrying. 7 clatter.
& loth. o plough-staff. 10 sometimes.
11 must. 12 occasional.
14 twenty-four sheaves. 15 rest. 16 build. coarse grass.
Cauld blew the bitter-biting north
Amid the storm, Scarce reared above the parent-earth
Thy tender form.
At length his lonely cot appears in view, Beneath the shelter of an agèd
tree; Th' expectant wee-things, toddlin,
stacher through To meet their dad, wi' flichterin
noise an' glee. His wee bit ingle, blinkin bonilie, His clean hearth-stane, his thrifty
wifie's smile, The lisping infant prattling on his knee,
25 Does a' his weary kiaugh and care
beguile, An' makes him quite forget his labor an'
INSCRIBED TO ROBERT AIKEN,
Let not Ambition mock their useful toil,
Their homely joys and destiny obscure; Nor Grandeur hear with a disdainful smile, The short and simple annals of the poor.
• Auttering. 'fire-place. Banxiety.
-GRAY. I walls. * protection.
Belyve,' the elder bairns come drapping But hark! a rap comes gently to the in,
55 At service out amang the farmers Jenny, wha kens the meaning o' the roun';
same, Some ca? the pleugh, some herd, some Tells how a neebor lad cam o'er the tentie: rin
moor, A cannie errand to a neebor toun: To do some errands, and convoy her Their eldest hope, their Jenny,
The wily mother sees the conscious In youthfu' bloom, love sparkling in her
Sparkle in Jenny's ee, and flush her Comes hame, perhaps to shew a braw
60 new gown,
Wi' heart-struck, anxious care, inOr deposite her sair-won penny-fee, 35 quires his name, To help her parents dear, if they in hard- While Jenny haffins" is afraid to speak; ship be.
Weel pleased the mother hears it's nae
wild worthless rake. With joy unfeigned, brothers and sisters
With kindly welcome Jenny brings him meet,
ben;12 An' each for other's weelfare kindly
A strappin' youth, he takes the spiers:6
65 The social hours, swift-winged, un- Blythe Jenny sees the visit's no ill taen; noticed fleet;
The father cracks13 of horses, pleughs, Each tells the uncos that he sees or and kye.14 hears.
40 The youngster's artless heart o’erflows The parents, partial, eye their hopeful years;
But, blate 5 and laithfu',16 scarce can weel Anticipation forward points the view;
behave; The mother, wi' her needle an' her
The mother wi' a woman's wiles can sheers,
70 Gars8 auld claes look amaist as weel's What makes the youth sae bashfu' an'
sae grave, The father mixes a’ wi' admonition due. 45 Weel-pleased to think her bairn’s re
spected like the lave.17 Their master's an' their mistress's com
O happy love! where love like this is mand
found! The younkers a' are warned to obey;
O heart-felt raptures! bliss beyond An' mind their labors wi' an eydento
I've pacèd much this weary, mortal An' ne'er, tho' out o' sight, to jauko
75 or play:
And sage experience bids me this de“An' o! be sure to fear the Lord
“If Heaven a draught of heavenly An' mind your duty, duly, morn and
pleasure spare, night!
One cordial in this melancholy vale, Lest in temptation's path ye gang
'Tis when a youthful, loving, modest astray,
pair, Implore His counsel and assisting might:
In other's arms breathe out the tender They never sought in vain that sought
80 the Lord aright!”
Beneath the milk-white thorn that scents
the evening gale." 2 drive. à careful. hard earned. inquires. 7 unusual things.
Il partly. makes. * diligent.
13 talks. 17 rest.