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A country girl at her wheel,
There's some exception, man an' woman;.; But this is Gentry's life in common,
By this, the sun was out o' sight,
The bum-clock humu'd wi' lazy drone;
Gie him strong drink, until he wink;
That's sinking in despair ;
That's prest wil grief an' care ;
Wi' bumpers flowin o'er,
SOLOMON'S PROVERBS, xxxi. 6, ha
Let other Poets raise a fracas,
An' grate our lug,
In glass or jug.
O thou, my Muse! guid auld Scotch Drinks Whether thro' wimpling worms thou jink, Or, richly brown, ream o'er the brink,
In glorious faem, Inspire me, till I lisp and wink,
To sing thy name!
Let husky Wheat the haughs adorn,
Perfume the plain,
Thou king o' grain
On tfiee aft Scotland chows her cood,
Wi' kail an' beef;
There thou shines chief.
Food fills the wame, an' keeps us livin;
But, oil'd by thee,
Wi' rattlin glee.
Thou clears the head o' doited Lear;
nerves o' Labour sair,
weary Thou even brightens dark Despair,
Wi' gloomy smile.
Aft, clad in massy silver weed, Wi' Gentles thou erects thy head; Yet humbly kind in time o' need,
The poor man's wine, His wee drap parritch, or his bread,
Thou kitchens fine.
Thou art the life o' public haunts;
By thee inspir’d,
When gaping they besiege the tents,
Are doubly fir'd.
That merry night we get the corn in, O sweetly then thou reams the hora in! Or reekin on a New-year morning
In cog or bicker, An' just a wee drap sp’ritual burn in,
An' gusty sucker!
When Vulcan gies his bellows breath, An' ploughmen gather wi' their graith,. Q rare! to see thee fizz an' freath,
I'th' lugget caup ! Then Burnewin* comes on like death
At ev'ry chaup.
Nae mercy, then, for airn or steel; The brawnie, bainie, pleuglıman chiel, Brings hard owrehip, wi' sturdy wheel,
The strong forehammer, Till block an' studdie ring and reel
Wi dinsome clamour.
When skirlin' weanies see the light, Thou maks the gossips clatter bright, How fumblin cuifs their dearies slight;
Wae worth the name! Nae howdie gets a social night,
Or plack frae them. * Burnewin-Burn-the-wind-the blacksmith-an appropriate title.