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Conceited gowk! puff'd up wi' windy pride! This

mony a year l've stood the flood an' tide; And tho' wi' crazy eild I'm sair forfairn, I'll be a Brig, when ye’re a shapeless cairn ! As yet ye little ken about the matter, But twa-three winters will inform ye better. When heavy, dark, continued, a’-day rains, Wi' deepening deluges o’erflow the plains ; When from the hills where springs the brawling Coil, Or stately Lugar's mossy fountains boil, Or where the Greenock winds his moorland course, Or haunted Garpal* draws his feeble source, Arous'd by blust'ring winds an’spotting thowes, In mony a torrent down his sna-broo rowes ; While crashing ice, borne on the roaring speat, Sweeps dams, an' mills, an' brigs, a' to the gate ; And from Glenbuck,t down to the Ratton-key,t Auld Ayr is just one lengthen'd, tumbling sea; Then down ye'll hurl, deil nor ye never rise ! And dash the gumlie jaups up to the pouring skies. A lesson sadly teaching, to your cost, That Architecture's noble art is lost !


Fine Architecture, trowth, I needs must say't o't! The L-d be thankit that we've tint the gate o't!

* The banks of Garpal Water is one of the few places in the West of Scotland, where those fancy-scaring beings, known by the name of Ghaists, still continue pertinaciously to inhabit. + The source of the river Ayr.

A small landing place above the large key.

Gaunt, ghastly, ghaist-alluring edifices,
Hanging with threat'ning jut, like precipices ;
O’er arching, mouldy, gloom-inspiring coves,
Supporting roofs fantastic, stony groves :
Windows and doors, in nameless sculpture drest,
With order, symmetry, or taste unblest ;
Forms like some bedlam statuary's dream,
The craz'd creations of misguided whim ;
Forms might be worshipp?d on the bended knee, 2
And still the second dread command be free,
Their likeness is not found on earth, in air, or sea.
Mansions that would disgrace the building taste
Of any mason reptile, bird or beast ;
Fit only for a doited Monkish race,
Or frosty maids forsworn the dear embrace,
Or Cuifs of latter times, wha held the notion
That sullen gloom was sterling true devotion ;
Fancies that our guid Brugh denies protection,
And soon may they expire, unblest with resurrec-

tion !




Oye, my dear-remember'd ancient yealings,
Were ye but here to share my wounded feelings !
Ye worthy Proveses, an'mony a Bailie,
Wha in the paths o’righteousness did toil ay ;
Ye dainty Deacons, and ye douce Conveeners,
To whom our moderns are but causey-cleaners;
Ye godly Councils wha hae blest this town;
Ye godly Brethren of the sacred gown,
Wha meekly gie your hurdies to the smiters ;
And (what would now be strange) ye godly Writers :

A'ye douce folk I've borne aboon the broo,
Were ye but here, what would ye say or do?
How would your spirits groan in deep vexation,
To see each melancholy alteration ;
And agonizing, curse the time and place
When ye begat the base, degen’rate race !
Nae langer Rev'rend Men, their country's glory,
In plain braid Scots hold forth a plain braid story!
Nae langer thrifty Citizens, an' douce,
Meet owre a pint, or in the Council-house ;
But staumrel, corky-headed, graceless Gentry,
The herryment and ruin of the country ;
Men, three-parts made by Tailors and by Barbers,
Wha waste your well-hain'd gear on d-d new Brigs

and Harbours !


Now haud you there! for faith ye’ve said enough, And muckle mair than ye can mak to through, As for your priesthood, I shall say but little, Corbies and Clergy are a shot right kittle: But, under favor o'your langer beard, Abuse o' Magistrates might weel be spar'd; To liken them to your auld-warld squad, I must needs say, comparisons are odd. In Ayr, Wag-wits nae mair can hae a handle To mouth 'a Citizen,' a term o' scandal : Nae mair the Council waddles down the street, In all the pomp of ignorant conceit; Men wba grew wise priggin owre hops an' raisins, Or gather'd lib’ral views in Bonds and Seisins. If haply Knowledge, on a random tramp, Had shor'd them with a glimmer of his lamp,



And would to Common-sense, for once betray'd

them, Plain, dull Stupidity stept kindly in to aid them.


What farther clishmaclaver might been said, What bloody wars, if Sprites had blood to shed, No man can tell; but all before their sight, A fairy train appear'd in order bright: Adown the glittering stream they featly danc'd; Bright to the moon their various dresses glanc'd: They footed o'er the wat’ry glass so neat, The infant ice scarce bent beneath their feet: While arts of Minstrelsy among them rung, And soul-ennobling Bards heroic ditties sung. O had MʻLauchlan,* thairm-inspiring Sage, Been there to hear this heavenly band engage, When thro' his dear Strathspeys they bore with

Highland rage, Or when they struck old Scotia's melting airs, The lover's raptur'd joys or bleeding cares ; How would his Highland lug been nobler fir'd, And ev'n his matchless hand with finer touch in

No guess could tell what instrument appear'd,
But all the soul of Music's self was heard;
Harmonious concert rung in every part,
While simple melody pour'd moving on the heart.

The Genius of the Stream in front appears,
A venerable Chief advanc'd in years ;
His hoary head with water-lilies crown'd,
His manly leg with garter tangle bound.

• A well known performer of Scottish music on the violin.

Next came the loveliest pair in all the ring,
Sweet Female Beauty hand in hand with Spring :
Then, crown'd with flow'ry hay, came Rural Joy,
And Summer, with his fervid beaming eye :
All-cheering Plenty, with her flowing horn,
Led yellow Autumn wreath'd with nodding corn ;
Then winter's time-bleach'd locks did hoary show,
By Hospitality with cloudless brow.
Next follow'd Courage with his martial stride,
From where the Feal wild-woody coverts hide ;
Benevolence, with mild, benignant air,
A female form come from the tow'rs of Stair :
Learning and Worth in equal measures trode
From simple Catrine, the long-lov'd abode :
Last, white-rob'd Peace, crown'd with a hazel

To rustic Agriculture did bequeath
The broken iron instruments of death ;
At sight of whom our Sprites forgat their kindling



For sense they little owe to Frugal Heav'n.
To please the Mob they hide the little giv'n.

KILMARNOCK Wabsters fidge an' claw,

An' pour your creeshie nations ;
An' ye wha leather rax an' draw,

Of a' denominations,

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