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POETICAL WORKS OF
GLOSSARIAL INDEX AND A BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIR
London and Cambridge :
LETTER TO JOHN GOUDIE,
ON THE PUBLICATION OF HIS ESSAYS.
O GOUDIE! terror o'the Whigs,
Girnin' looks back,
Wad seize you quick.
Poor gapin' glowrin' Superstition,
To see her water;
She'll ne'er get better. Auld Orthodoxy lang did grapple, But now she's got an unco' ripple ; Haste, gie her name up i’ the chapel,
Nigh unto death; See how she fetches at the thrapple,
An' gasps for breath.
Enthusiasm's past redemption,
Will ever mend her, Her feeble pulse gies strong presumption,
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.
LETTER TO JAMES TAIT,
AULD comrade dear and brither sinner,