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TO MR. S** E,
On refusing to dine with him, after having been promised the first of company, and the first of Cookery.
17th December, 1795.
No more of your guests, be they titled or not,
And cook’ry the first in the nation :
Is proof to all other temptation.
O HAD the malt thy strength of mind,
Or hops the flavour of thy wit;
A gift that e’en for S**e were fit.
Jerusalem Tavern, Dumfries.
THE DUMFRIES VOLUNTEERS.
Tune-" PUSH ABOUT THE JORUM.'
DOES haughty Gaul invasion threat ?
Then let the loons beware, sir, There's wooden walls upon our seas,
And volunteers on shore, sir. The Nith shall run to Corsincon,*
And Criffel sink in Solway, E'er we permit a foreign foe On British ground to rally!
Fall de rall, &c.
O let us not like snarling tykes
In wrangling be divided ; 'Till slap come in an unco loon And wi' a rung decide it.
* A high hill at the source of the Nith.
+ A well-known mountain at the mouth of the same river. Be Britain still to Britain true,
Amang oursels united;
Fall de rall, &c.
The kettle o' the kirk and state,
fail in't ; But deil a foreign tinkler loon
Shall ever ca' a nail in't.
And wha wad dare to spoil it ;
Fall de rall, &C.
The wretch that wad a tyrant a own,
And the wretch his true-born brother,
May they be damned together?
Shall hang as high's the steeple;
We'll ne'er forget the people.
Addressed to Mr. Mitchell, Collector of Excise,
FRIEND of the poet tried and leal,
Wi' a' his witches
In my poor pouches.
I modestly fu' fain wad hint it,
It would be kind;
I'd bear't in mind.
So may the auld
the auld year gang out moaning To see the new come laden, groaning, Wi' double plenty o'er the loanin
To thee and thine ; Domestic peace and comforts crowning
The hail design.
Ye've heard this while how I've been licket,
And sair me sheuk;
And turn'd a neuk.
But by that health, I've got a share o't,
A tentier way:
For ance and ay.