Imagens das páginas

Till a' their weel-swall’d kytes belyve

Are bent like drums } Then auld guidman, maist like to ryve,

Bethankit hums.

Is there that o'er his French ragout,
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad mak her spew

Wi' perfect sconner, Looks down wi' sneering, scornfu' view

On sic a dinner?

Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
As feckless as a wither'd rash,
His spindle shank a guid whip lash,

His nieve a nit;
Thro' bloody flood or field to dash,

O how unfit !


[ocr errors]

But mark the rustic haggis-fed, The trembling earth resounds his tread, Clap in his walie nieve a blade,

He'll mak it whissle; An' legs, an' arms, an' heads will sned,

Like taps o' thrissle.

Ye pow'rs, wha mak mankind your care, And dish them out their bill o' fare, Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware

That juaps in luggies ; But, if ye wish her gratefu' pray’r,

Gie her a Haggis!



EXPECT na, Sir, in this narration,
A fleechin, Aleth'rin dedication,
To roose you up, an' ca' you guid,
An' sprung o' great an’ noble bluid,
Because ye’re surnam'd like his grace,
Perhaps related to the race;
Then when I'm tir'd-and sae are ye,
Wi’ mony a fulsome, sinfu' lie,
Set up a face, how I stop short,
For fear your modesty be hurt.

This may do--maun do, Sir, wi' them wha Maun please the great fol for a wamefou; For me! sae laigh I needna bow, For, Lord be thankit, I can plough; And when I downa yoke a naig, Then, Lord be thankit, I can beg'; Sae I shall say, an' that's nae flatt'rin, It's just sic poet, an' sic patron.

The Poet, some guid angel help bim, Or else, I fear some ill ane skelp him, He may do weel for a' he's done yet, But only he's no just begun yet.

The Patron, (Sir, ye maun forgie me,
I winna lie, come what will o' me)
On ev'ry hand it will allow'd be,
He's just-nae better than he should be.

I readily and freely grant,
He downa see a poor man want;
What's no his ain he winna tak it,
What ance he says he winna break it;
Ought he can lend he'll no refus't,
Till aft his guidness is abus'd:
And rascals whyles that do him wrang,
Ev’n that, he does na mind it lang:
As master, landlord, husband, father,
He does na fail his part in either.


[ocr errors]

But then, nae thanks to him for a' that;
Nae godly symptom ye can ca’ that;
It's naething but a milder feature,
Of our poor, sinfu', corrupt nature :
Ye'll get the best o' moral works,
'Mang black Gentoos and pagan Turks,
Or hunters wild on Ponotaxi,
Wha never heard of orthodoxy.
That he's the poor man's friend in need,
The gentleman in word and deed,
Its no thro' terror of d-mn-tion ;
It's just a carnal inclination.

[merged small][ocr errors]

Mortality, thou deadly bane,
Thy tens o’ thousands thou hast slain!
Vain is his hope, whose stay and trust is
In moral mercy, truth, and justice !

No-stretch a point to catch a plack;
Abuse a brother to his back;
Steal thro' a winnock frae a wh-re,
But point the rake that taks the door:

Be to the poor like onie whunstane,
And baud their noses to the grunstane,
Ply ev'ry art o' legal thieving;
No matter, stick to sound believing.

Learn three-mile pray’rs, and half-mile graces, Wi' weel-spread looves, an' lang wry faces ; Grunt up a solemn, lengthen'd groan, And damn a' parties but your own; I'll warrant then, ye’re nae deceiver, A steady, sturdy, staunch believer.

Oye wha leave the springs of C-lv-n,
For gumlie dubs of your ain delvin !
Ye sons of heresy and error,
Ye'll some day squeel in quaking terror!
When vengeance draws the sword in wrath,
And in the fire throws the sheath ;
When Ruin, with his sweeping besom,
Just frets till Heav'n commission gies him:
While o'er the harp pale mis’ry moans,
And strikes the ever-deep’ning tones,
Still louder shrieks, and heavier groans !

Your pardon, Sir, for this digression,
I maist forgat my dedication ;
But when divinity comes cross me,
My readers still are sure to lose me.

So, Sir, ye see 'twas nae daft vapour,
But I maturely thought it proper,
When a' my works I did review,
To dedicate them, Sir, to You :

Because (ye need nae tak it ill)
I thought them something like yoursel.

Then patronize them wi' your favour,
And your petitioner shall ever-
I had amaist said, ever pray,
But that's a word I need na say:
For prayin I hae little skill o't;
I'm baith dead-sweer, an’ wretched ill o't;
But l’se repeat each poor man's pray'r,
That kens or hears about you, Sir-


[ocr errors]

“May ne'er misfortune's gowling bark, Howl thro' the dwelling o' the Clerk ! May ne'er his gen’rous, honest heart, * For that same gen’rous spirit smart !

May K******'s far honour'd name •Lang beet his hymeneal flame, • Till H*******'s, at least a dizen, • Are frae their nuptial labours risen: * Five bonnie lasses round their table, • And seven braw fellows, stout an' able To serve their king and country weel, By word, or pen, or pointed steel! May health and peace, with mutual rays, • Shine on the evening o’ his days; • Till bis wee curlie John's ier-oe, • When ebbing life nae mair shall flow, • The last, sad, mournful rites bestow!'

[ocr errors]


I will not wind a lang conclusion,
Wi' complimentary effusion :
But whilst your wishes and endeavours
Are blest with Fortune's smiles and favours,

« AnteriorContinuar »