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TA Y LO R.
Fing Crispin! ~wale o’ilka loon
its betters, He claim'd pretenfions to a crown,
And dee'd in fetters.
Infult my Chieftain, ony place,
His name to blacken, Ye're owther fegbt, or dree disgrace
To save ye’r bacon.
• Agree'd” quo Prickie, when he faun Himsel' in fic a hubble drawn ; “ That, tho'a taylor, I'm a man,
66 Ye're own content ; “ Else, as ye fin' me, juidge the clan
“ I represent !”
Now Expectation fill'a ilk breast
Sae crouse the twa set
Afore the tuilie, Fowk thought, in ither's waems, at least,
They'd sheath a gullie.
Arm'd wi' the law-broad and the shears,
Had nobly bled,
And, dauntless said:
« Now tak, thou warst o' worthless things, “ The vengeance due frae flighted kings !” Wi' that his doublet aff he fings,
And, in a wee,
To fee fair play, or help a frien',
But flsraichs and groans.
Nor cou'd ye ken, wi' nicest care, Wha wan, or wha was licked there;
Pell-mell they feught, foul play or fair
Was a' the same, And friens and faes lay every where,
Baith blin' and lame.
To comfort thae, (inch-thick ơ glar, His ein japann'd, and chafts a.char,) “ Be thankfu', Sirs, it is nae war,'
(Quo' Yaedam Bryen) “ A lievin' dog is better far
“ Than a dead lyon !”
-Let ane, tho' crooked, tak a chappin, He'll think there's few mair tight or strappin ; Fu' crousely will he cock his tappir,
Like man o' weir, Wha, fresh, had but a gun been snappin,
Wad (wat wi' fear.
Sae was't that day; for rowth o' thae
But dread or shame, 'Till they, wi' ribs baith black and blae,
Were draggled hame.
When fowk are in a merry pin, Weel fortify'd wi' Highland gin, They'll eithly thole a weel-pey'd skin,
(Like leather, teugh,) And nowther care nor sorro:sin’
For lang anough:
But, suin as sober sense returns,
The pain to lay;
Wi' him niest day.
The Morn is our gude Hallow.E'en,
Old Ballad of ibe FAIRY COURT.
F a'the festivals we hear,
For mirth, I ween,
Than * Hallow-e'en,
* Hallow-E'en, or Holy-Eve, is the evening previous to the celebration of all Saints. That it is propitious to the rites of divination, an opinion fill common in many parts of Scotland.