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Oh for some rank, mercurial rozet,"
Or fell, red smeddum,
Wad dress your droddum 18
How daur ye do't?
The blastie's makin'!
Are notice takin'!
And foolish notion :
And even devotion !
THE ORDINATION. The induction of the Rev. James Mackinlay as minister of the parochial or laigh (low) church of Kilmarnock in 1786, was the occasion which called forth the following poem. There was a popular notion,” says Mr. Chambers, "that Mr. Lindsay (a predecessor of Mr. Mackinlay in the pastorship of the laigh kirk) had been indebted for his presentation from the patron, Lord Glencairn, to his wife, Margaret Lauder, who was believed, but, I am assured erroneously, to have been his lordship's housekeeper. Mr. Lindsay's induction, in 1764, was so much in opposition to the sentiments of the people, that it produced a riot, attended by many outrages. Three young men who had distinguished them selves by their violence, were whipped through Ayr, and imprisoned a month. These circumstances evoked from a shoemaker named Hunter, a scoffing ballad, to which Burns alludes in the note marked thus t, p. 82, and which may be found in the History of Kilmarnock;' by Archibald M.Kay: 1848." A third edition of Mr. M‘Kay's very interesting work appeared in 1865; and an account of Mr. Lindsay's induction together with "The Scoffing Ballad,” will be found at pp. 119-128.
“For sense they little owe to frugal Heaven
To please the mob, they hide the little given."
And pour your creeshie nations ;?
Of a' denominations, 1 Rosin.
7 Greasy crowds. 2 Powder. 5 Flannel waistcoat.
8 Stretch, 3 Breech.
4 Flannel cap.
* A fashionable bonnet, so called after a celebrated Italian aeronaut.
+ The inhabitants of Kilmarnock were then mainly engaged in the manufacture of coarse woollen goods and the tanning of leather.
Swith to the Laigh Kirk, ane and a ,
And there tak up your stations ;
For joy this day.
Cam in wi' Maggie Lauder ; +
And Russell sair misca'd her ; #
And he's the boy will blaud 1 her!
Wi' dirt this day.
And lilt wi' holy clangor ;
And skirl up the Bangor :
Nae mair the knaves shall wrang her,
Wi' pith this day.
And touch it aff wi' vigour,
Which made Canaan a nigger ;
Wi' whore-abhorring rigour ;
I' the inn that day.
And bind him down wi' caution,
He taks but for the fashion;
And punish each transgression ;
Spare them nae day.
And toss thy horns fu' canty;6.
5 Thrash, 2 A cleft stick. 4 A dust.
6 Merrily. * Begbie kept a tavern near the church.
† Alluding to a scoffing ballad which was made on the admission of the late reverend and worthy Mr. Lindsay to the Laigh Kirk.-B.
Oliphant and Russell, clergymen belonging to the Auld-Licht party. & Genesis ix. 22. Il Numbers xxv. 8.
| Exodus iv. 25
Nae mair thou'lt rowte* out-owre the dale,
Because thy pasture's scanty;
Shall fill thy crib in plenty,
But ilka day.
To think upon our Zion ;
Like baby-clouts a-dryin' ;
And o'er the thairms 2 be tryin';
Fu' fast this day !
Has shored the Kirk's undoin',
Has proven to its ruin :
He saw mischief was brewin';
And sound this day.
But steek your gab' for ever :
For there they'll think you clever.
Ye may commence a shaver;
Aff-hand this day.
We never had sic twa drones :
1 Huge lumps.
7 Shut your mouth. 3 Elbows jerk. * Rowte as used here cannot easily be explained by a single phrase. Resi. dents in the country must have seen the cattle in a poor pasture standing listlessly about and lowing as if to draw attention to their wants. The phrase is used in this sense in regard to the scanty spiritual pasturage of the district.
7 Rev. William Boyd, minister of Fenwick, whose settlement had been disputed.
The colleague of the newly-appointed clergyman-a moderate. § A part of the town of Kilmarnock where carpet-weaving was carried on. il The deceased clergyman, whom Mr. Mackinlay succeeded.
Auld Hornie did the Laigh Kirk watch,
Just like a winkin' baudrons :*
To fry them in his caudrons :
Fast, fast this day.
She's swingein'l through the city;
I vow its unco pretty:
Grunts out some Latin ditty ;
Her plaint this day.
Embracing all opinions ;
Between his twa companions;
As ane were peelin' onions !
Henceforth this day.
Come bouse about the porter !
Shall here nae mair find quarter :
That Heresy can torture,
By the head some day.
And here's, for a conclusion,
From this time forth, Confusion :
Or patronage intrusion,
Like oil some day.
5 Deafen. 2 The skin and flesh. 4 Cut.
6 A match. * The devil in the good old times watched the Laigh Kirk like a half sleeping cat, there being no need for watchfulness. In the new regime he was altogether put to flight.
Author of the “Essay on Truth."
“New Light” is a cant phrase, in the west of Scotland, for those religious opinions which Dr. Taylor of Norwich has defended so strenuously.-B.
ADDRESS TO THE UNCO GUID, OR THE RIGIDLY
“My son, these maxims make a rule,
And lump them aye thegither :
The rigid wise anither ;
May hae some pyles o caff in ;
For random fits o' daffin." -SOLOMON.-Eccles. vii. 16.
O ve wha are sae guid yoursel,
Sae pious and sae holy,
Your neibour's fauts and folly!
Supplied wi' store o' water,
And still the clap plays clatter.
As counsel for poor mortals,
For glaikit? Folly's portals;
Would here propone defences,
Their failings and mischances.
And shudder at the niffer,
What maks the mighty differ?
That purity ye pride in,
Your better art o' hiding.
Gies now and then a wallop,
That still eternal gallop :
Right on ye scud your sea-way;
It makes an unco lee-way.