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But still keep something to yoursel

Ye scarcely tell to ony,
Conceal yoursel as weel's ye can

Frae critical diffection ;
But keek thro' ev'ry other man,

Wi' sharpen'd lly inspection.

VI.

The sacred lowe o' weel-plac'd love,

Luxuriantly indulge it;
But never tempt th' illicit rove,

Tho' naething should divulge it :
I wave the quantum of the fin,

The hazard of concealing ; But Och! it hardens a' within,

And petrifies the feeling!

VII.

To catch Dame Fortune's golden smile,
Affiduous wait

wait upon her;

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And gather gear by ev'ry wile

That's justify'd by Honor : Not for to hide it in a hedge,

Nor for a train-attendant ; But for the glorious privilege

Of being independent.

VIII.

The fear o' Hell's a hangman's whip,

To haud the wretch in order;
But where ye feel your Honor grip,

Let that ay be your border :
It's slightest touches, instant pause-

Debar a' fide pretences;
And resolutely keep its laws,
Uncaring consequences.

IX.

The great Creator to revere,

Mult sure become the creature ;

But

But still the preaching cant forbear,

And ev’n the rigid feature:
Yet ne'er with Wits prophane to range,

Be complaisance extended ;
An Atheist-laugh’s a poor exchange

For Deity offended !

X.

When ranting round in Pleasure's ring,

Religion may be blinded ; Or if she gie a random sting,

It may be little minded ;
But when on Life we're tempest-driv'n,

A Conscience but a canker-
A correspondence fix'd wi' Heav'n,

Is fure a noble ancbor!

XI.

Adieu, dear, amiable Youth !
Your heart can ne'er be wanting !

May Prudence, Fortitude, and Truth,

Erect your brow undaunting!
In ploughman phrase, “God send you speed,

Still daily to grow wifer;
And may ye better reck the rede,

Than ever did th' Adviser.

ON

ON A

SC O T C H B A R D.

GONE TO THE WEST INDIES.

A' Ye wha live by fowps o’ drink,
A' ye wha live by crambo-clink,
A' ye wha live and never think,

5. Come mourn wi' me ! Our billie's gien us a' a jink,

An' owre the Sea.

Lament

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