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By fome auld, houlet-haunted, higgin *,
Some eldritch part,
At some black art.
"Ilk ghaift that haunts auld ha' or chamer, Ye gipsy-gang that deal in glamor, And you, deep-read in hell's black grammar,
Warlocks and witches ; Ye'll quake at his conjuring hammer,
Ye midnight bes,
It's tauld he was a fodger bred, And ane wad rather fa'n than fled ; But now he's quat the spurtle-blade,
And dog-skin wallet, And taen the intiquarian trade,
I think they call it.
He has a fouth o' auld nick-nackets : Rusty airn caps and jinglin jackets t, Wad haud the Lothiars three in tackets,
A towmont gude ; And parritch-pats, and auld saut-backets,
Before the Flood.
* Vide his Antiquities of Scotland,
Of Eve's first fire he has a cinder ; Auld Tubalcain's fire-lhool and fender; That which distinguished the gender
O’ Balaam's als; A broom-stick o' the witch of Endor,
Weel shod wi' brass.
Forbye, he'll shape you aff fugleg,
He'll prove you fully,
Or lang-kail gullie.
But wad ye see him in his glee,
Gude fellows wi' him;'
And then ye'll see him!
Now, by the powers o' Verse and Profe! Thou art a dainty chield, O Grose ! Whae'er o' thee shall ill suppose,
They fair misca' thee.; I'd take the rascal by the nose,
Wad say, Shame fa' thee:
a very young Lady,
Written on the blank Leaf of a Book, presented to
her by the Author.
May'lt thou long, sweet crimson gem,