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But Rab flips.out, an' jinks about, *.
Bebint the muckle thorn ,
Loud fkirl'da' the laffes.;
Whim that night.!
Are round an' round divided,
Are there that night decided ; Some kindle, couthie,, fide by side,
An'burn thegither trimly; Some start awa, wi' faucy pride, An' jump out owre the chimlie
Fu' high that night.
that is the grain at the top of the stalk, the party in question will come to the marriage-bed any thing but a maid.
* When the corn is in a doubtful state, by being too green or wet, the stack builder, by means of old timber, &c. makes a large apartment in his stack, with an opening in the side which is fairelt exposed to the wind : this he calls a Faure-house.
+ Burning the nuts is a favourite charm. . They' name the Tad and lass to each particular nut, as they lay them in the fire; and according as they burn quietly together, or start from beside one another, the course and issue of the Court-, ' ship will be.
VIII. Jean slips in twa, wi? tentie e'e ;
Wha 'twas she wadna tell;
She says in to hersel:
As they would ne'er mair part,
To fee't that night,
Was brunt wi' primsie Mallie;
To be compar'd to Willie:
An' her ain fit it brunt it;
To be that night.
She pits herself an' Rob in ;
T'ill white in afe they're sobbin:
She whisperd Rob to leuk fort:
Rob, ftowlins, prie’d her body mou',
Unseen that night.
Her thoughts on Andrew Bell!
An' Nips out by hersel:
An' to the kiln the goes then,
Right fear't that night.
I wat she made nae jaukin;
Guid L-d! but she was quakin!
Or whether 'twas a bauk-en', Or whether it was Andrew Bell, , She did na wait on talkin
To fpier that night. * Whoever would, with success, try this spell, muft strict ly observe these directions : Steat out, ah alone, to the kilo, and, darkling, throw into the pot a clew of blue yarn; wind it in a new clew of the old one ; and, towards the latter end, something will hold the thread : demand who kauds ? i. e. who holds ? and answer will be returned from the kiln-pot, by naming the Christian and Surname of your future Spouse.
XIII. Wee Jenny to her Graunie says,
• Will ye go wi' me graunie? • I'll eat the apple * at the glass,
I gat frae uncle. Johnic:"! She fuff’t her pipe wi'fic a lunt,
In wrath she was fae vap’ring She notic't na, an aizle brunt Her braw new worset apron
Out thro' that night.
XIV. 4 Ye little Skelpielimmers face !
• I daur you trie sic sportin, • As seek the foul Thief ony place, (For him to fpae your
fortune: Nae dout but ye may get a fight!
• Great cause you hae to fear it , * For many a ane has gotten a fright, An' liv'd an' did deleeret,
« On foc a night.
XV. « Ae Hairft afore the Sherra-moor,
• I mind't as weel's yeftreen, I was a gilpy then, I'm sure • I was na past fyfteen :
* Take a candle, and go alone to a looking-glafa; cat an apple before it, and some traditions say, you should comb your hair all the time; the face of your conjugal companies to be, will be seen in the glass, as if peeping over your shoulder,
" The Simmer had been cold an' wat,
• An' ftuff was unco green; An'ay a rantin kirn we gat, ". An' just on Halloween
• It fell that night:
' That liv'd in Achmacalla:
• An'he made unco light o't; • But monie a day was ly himsel, • He was fae fairly frighted,
· That vera' night:
XVII. Then up gat fechtin Jamie Fleck,
An' he swoor by his conscience,
For it was a' but nonsense:
An' out a hanfu gied him; :
* Steal out unperceived, and low a handful of hemp-feed; harrowing it with any thing you can conveniently draw after you. Repeat; now and then, “ Hempseed I saw ibee, Hempó' “ seed I saw thee; and him (or her) that is to be my true “ love, come after me and pou thee.” Look over your left shoulder, aud you will see the appearance of the person invoked in the attitude of pulling hemp.' Some traditions say, • Come after me, and shaw. thee," that is show thyself; in which case, it simply appears. Others omit the barrowing, and say,
come after me and harrow thee,”?