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Beneath your high protection ;
And gie her for diffection!
In royal, true affection,
This great Birth-day.
IX. Hail, Majesty moft Excellent !
While Nobles strive to please Ye,
A simple Bardie gies Ye?
Still higher may they heeze Ye
Frae care that day.
I tell your Highness fairly,
Im tauld ye're driving rarely!
An'curse your folly fairly,
By night or day.
To make a nobler Aiver ;
For a' their clish-ma-claver:
Few better were or braver ;
For monie a day:
Nane sets the lawn Meetie sweeter,
W'ad been a dress completer: As ye disown yon paughty dog
That bears the keys o' Peter, Then, swith! an get a
ife to hug, Or, troth! yell itain the Mitre
Some luckless day.
Ye've lately come athwart her;
Weel rigg'd for Venus' barter;
* King Henry.
§ Alluding to the News-paper account of a ce:tain Royal Sailor's
Your hymeneal charter,
Come full that day.
Ye royal lases dainty, :
An' gie you-lads a-plenty :
For Kings are unco scant ay ;
On onie day.
Ye're unco muckle dautet;
be better fauted:
hae tårrow't at it; But or the day was done, I trow, The laggen they hae clautet
Fu’ clean that day. :
The Sun had clos'd the winter day,
, The Curlers quat their roaring play,. An' hunger'd Maukin, ta'en her way
To kail-yards green, While faithless snaws ilk step betray
Whare she has been.,
The Thresher's weary flinging-tree.
Far i' the West,
I gaed to rest.
There, lanely, by the ingle check,
The auld clay biggin,
About the riggin.
* Duan, a term of owian's for the different divisions of a digreffive Puern. See his Cath. Loda, vol. 2, of Mo Pherson's Tra..ilation
All in this motty, milty clime
An' done nae-thing. But stringin blethers up in rhyme
For fools to sing?
Had I to guid advice but harkit,
My cash account: While here, half-mad, half-fed, half-farkit,
Is a' th' amount.
I started, mutt'ring, blocklead ! coof!
Or some rash aith, That I henceforth would be rhyme-proof
When click !' the string the snick did draw,
Now bleezin bright, A tiglit outlandish Hizzie, braw,
Come full in sight.