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An' now, auld Cloots, I ken ye're thinkin,
A certain Bardie's rantin, drinkin,
Some luckless hour will send him linkin,

To your black pit;
But, faith! he'll turn a corner jinkin,

An' cheat you yet.

But, fare you weel, auld Nickie-ben!
O wad ye tak a thought an' men'!
Ye aiblins might—I dinna ken-

Still hae a stake-
I'm wae to think upo' yon den,

Ev'n for

your sake!

1 Vide Milton, Book VI.

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There, groaning, dying, she did lie,
When Hughoc he cam doytin by Poems.p. 60

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DRAWN BY RWE STALL RA.ENGRAVED BY W.FINDEN; PUBLISHED BY JOHN SHARPE DUKE STREET, PICCADILLY;

AUG 1.1824

THE

Death and Dying aMords of poor Mailie,

THE AUTHOR'S ONLY PET YOWE.

AN UNCO MOURNFU' TALE.

As Mailie, an' her lambs thegither,
Were ae day nibbling on the tether,
Upon her cloot she coost a hitch,
An' owre she warsl'd in the ditch:
There, groaning, dying, she did lie,
When Hughoc' he cam doytin by.

Wi' glowrin een, an' lifted han's,
Poor Hughoc like a statue stan's;
He saw her days were near-hand ended,
But, waes my heart! he couldna mend it!
He gaped wide, but naething spak;
At length poor Mailie silence brak.

‘0, thou, whase lamentable face
Appears to mourn my wofu' case !
My dying words attentive hear,
An' bear them to my Master dear.

. Tell him, if e'er again he keep,
As muckle gear as buy a sheep,
O bid him never tie them mair
Wi' wicked strings o' hemp or hair!
But ca' them out to park or hill,
An' let them wander at their will;
So may his flock increase, an' grow
To scores o' lambs, an' packs o'woo'!

1 A neebor herd-callan.

*Tell him, he was a Master kin',
An' aye was guid to me and mine;
An' now my dying charge I gie him,
My helpless lambs I trust them wi' him.

‘0, bid him save their harmless lives,
Frae dogs, an' tods, an' butchers' knives !
But gie them guid cow-milk their fill,
Till they be fit to fend themsel;
An' tent them duly, e'en an' morn,
Wi' teats o' hay an' rips o' corn.

* An' may they never learn the gates
Of ither vile wanrestfu' pets !
To slink thro’ slaps, an' reave an' steal,
At stacks o’pease, or stocks o' kail.
So may they, like their great Forbears,
For monie a year come thro' the sheers:
So wives will gie them bits o' bread,
An' bairns greet for them when they're dead.

• My poor toop-lamb, my son an' heir,
0, bid him breed him up wi' care!
An', if he live to be a beast,
To pit some havins in his breast!
An' warn him, what I winna name,
To stay content wi' yowes at hame;
An' no to rin an’ wear his cloots,
Like ither menseless, graceless brutes.

An' niest my yowie, silly thing,
Gude keep thee frae a tether string!
0, may thou ne'er forgather up
Wi' ony blastit, moorland toop;
But aye keep mind to moop an' mell,
Wi' sheep o' credit like thysel !

• An' now, my bairns, wi' my last breath, I lea'e my blessin wi' you baith:

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