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On the Birth of a POSTHUMOUS CHILD,

born in peculiar Circumstances of FAMILYDISTRESS,

Sweet
WEET flow'ret, pledge o' meikle love,

And ward o'mony a prayer,
What heart o' ftane wad thou na move,

Sae helpless, sweet, and fair.

November hirples o'er the lea,

Chill, on thy lovely form;
And
gane,

alas! the shelt'ring tree,
Should shield thee frae the storm.

May He who gives the rain to pour;

And wings the blast to blaw, Protect thee frae the driving show'r,

The bitter frost and snaw,

May He, the friend of woe and want,

Who heals life's various stounds, Protect and guard the mother plant,

And heal her cruel wounds.

But late she flourish'd, rooted fast,

Fair on the summer morn:
Now, feebly bends she, in the blast,

Unshelter'd and forlorn. ;

Bleft be thy bloom, thou lovely gem,

Unscath'd by ruffian hand!
And from thee many a parent stem

Arise to deck our land.

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As the authentic Proje history of the Whis

TLE is curious, I shall here give it.-In the train of Anne of Denmark, when she came to Scotland with our James the Sixth, there came over also a Danish gentleman of gigantic ftature and great prowess, and a matchless champion of Bacchus. He had a little Q3

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ebony Whistle, which, at the commencement of the orgies, he laid on the table; and whoever was last able to blow it, every body else being disabled by the potency of the bottle, was to carry off the Whistle as a trophy of victory.--The Dane produced credentials of his victories, without a single defeat, at the courts of Copenhagen, Stockholm, Moscow, Warsaw, and several of the petty courts in Germany; and challenged the Scots Bacchanalians to the alternative of trying his prowess, or else of acknowledging their inferiority.—After many overthrows on the part of the Scots, the Dane was encountered by Sir Robert Lowrie of Maxwelton, ancestor to the present worthy baronet of that name; who, after three days and three nights, hard conteft, left the Scandinavian under the table, “And “ blew on the Whistle his requiem fhrill."

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Sir Walter, fon to Sir Robert before mention.

ed, afterwards loit the Whistle to Walter Riddel of Glenriddel, who had married à sister of Sir Walter's. -On Friday, the 16th October 1790, at Friars-Carfe, the Whistle was once more contended for, as related in the Ballad, by the present Sir Robert Lowrie of Maxwelton; Robert Riddel, Esq; of Glenriddel, lineal descendant and representative of Walter Riddel, who won the Whistle, and in whose family it had continued; and Alexander Ferguson, Eiq; of Craigdarroch, likewise descended of the great Sir Robert; which last gentleman carried off the hard-won honours of the field.

SING of a Whistle, a Whistle of worth,
I ling of a Whistle, the pride of the North,

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