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I'd rather suffer for my faut,
A hearty flewit,
Though I should rue it.
Whate'er betide it,
And let her guide it.”
And left the session ;
On my oppression.
THE AUTHOR'S EARNEST CRY AND PRAYER TO THE SCOTCH REPRESENTATIVES IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. See the introduction to the poem entitled "Scotch Drink," p. 60, for an account of the circumstances which induced the composition of the following.
Dearest of distillations ! last and best !
How art thou lost!”-Parody on Milton.
Are humbly sent.
Low i' the dust,
And like to burst !
On aqua vitæ ;
And move their pity.
2 Hoarse. * A party suffering from hoarseness and a dry, tickling cough, is said to be roopy or roopit.
The meaning of this phrase cannot possibly be conveyed by any single English equivalent. Fancy a person with a sore throat trying to screech, or the noise the common hen makes when she is enraged, and some idea may be found of the meaning of the verb.
Stand forth and tell yon Premier youth,
His servants humble :
Wi' them wha grant 'em : If honestly they canna come,
Far better want 'em. In gath'rin' votes you werena slack; Now stand as tightly by your tack; Ne'er claw your lug, 5 and fidge 6 your back,
And hum and haw; But raise your arm, and tell your crack?
Before them a'. Paint Scotland greetin's owre her thrissle, Her mutchkin stoup as toom's ' a whissle ; And damn'd excisemen in a bussle,
Seezin' a stell,
Or lampit shell.
Of a' kind coin.
Thus dung in staves,
By gallows knaves ?
Or gab like Boswell, #
* William Pitt.
+ Colonel Hugh Montgomery, then representing Ayrshire, who had seen service in the American war.
James Boswell of Auchinleck, the biographer of Dr. Samuel Johnson.
There's some sark-necks I wad draw tight,
And tie some hose well.
And gar them hear it,
Ye winna bear it?
To make harangues ;
Auld Scotland's wrangs.
The Laird o' Graham ;
Dundas his name.
And mony ithers,
Might own for brithers.
Ye'd lend your hand :
Ye're at a stand.**
Ye'll see't or lang,
Anither sang. 1 The cheerful old wife cry 3 Knowing.
5 Plough-staff. (Scotland is personified.)
6 Knife. 2 Ready-tongued. * George Dempster of Dunnichen, Forfarshire. + Sir Adam Fergusson of Kilkerran, then member for Edinburgh. 1 The Marquis of Graham. § Henry Dundas, afterwards Viscount Melville. Thomas Erskine, afterwards Lord Erskine.
Lord Frederick Campbell, brother to the Duke of Argyle, and Ilay Campbell, then Lord Advocate.
** Colonel Hugh Montgomery, as member for Ayr, was looked upon with a poet's licence as his special watchman in the matter. The allusion at the end of the verse is to his imperfect or ineffective elocution.
This while she's been in crankous ? mood,
Play'd her that pliskie !?)
About her whisky.
She'll tak the streets,
I'th' first she meets !
Wi' instant speed,
To get remead.
Een cowe the caddie !3
And sportin' lady.
Nine times a week, 1 Ill-tempered, restless.
3 Fellow, * William Pitt was the grandson of Robert Pitt of Boconnock, in Cornwall.
A mixture of oats, beans, peas, and wheat or barley flour.
A worthy old hostess of the author's in Mauchline, where he sometimes studied politics over a glass of guid auld Scotch drink.-B. “Nanse linnock is long deceased, and no one has caught up her mantle. She is described as having been a true ale-wife, in the proverbial sense of the word ---close, discreet, civil, and no tale-teller. When any neighbouring wife came, asking if her John was here, 'Oh no,' Nanse would reply, shaking money in her pocket as she spoke, he's no here,' implying to the querist that the husband was not in the house, while she meant to herself that he was not among her half-pence-thus keeping the word of promise to the ear, but breaking it to the hope. Her house was one of two stories, and had a front towards the street, by which Burns must have entered Mauchline from Mossgiel. The date over the door is 1744. It is remembered, however, that Nanse never could understand how the poet should have talked of enjoying himself in her house'nine times a-week.'. The lad, she said, 'hardly ever drank three half-mutchkins under her roof in his life.' Nanse, probably, had never heard of the poetical licence. In truth, Nanse's hostelry was not the only one in Mauchline which Burns resorted to: a rather better-looking house, at the opening of the Cowgate, kept by a person named John Dove, and then and still bearing the arms of Sir John Whiteford of Ballochmyle, was also a haunt of the poet's, having this high recommendation, that its back windows surveyed those of the house in which his Jean're. sided. The reader will find in its proper place a droll epitaph on John Dove, in which the honest landlord's religion is made out to be a mere comparative appreciation of his various liquors,"-CHAMBERS.
If he some scheme, like tea and winnocks, *
Wad kindly seek.
The coalition. +
To tak their part,
She'll no desert.
And kick your place,
Before his face.
That haunt St. Jamie's !
While Rab his name is.
But blithe and frisky,
Tak aff their whisky.
The scented groves,
In hungry droves.
5 Rags o' clothes.
6 Jackdaws. * Light and air not being so highly valued then as now, Pitt had gained credit for a remission of a part of the duty on tea at the expense of the winnocks (windows).
† Mixtie-maxtie and Hotch-potch.-Scotch phrases for a mixture of incongruous elements.
1 The number of Scotch representatives.