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And past the birks' and meikle stane, a
Whare drunken Charlie brak's 3 neck-bane ; *
And thro' the whins, and by the cairn,
Whare hunters fand the murder'd bairn;
And near the thorn, aboon 8 the well,
Whare Mungo's mither' hang'd hersel.-
Before him Doon pours all his floods ;
The doubling storm roars thro' the woods;
The lightnings flash from pole to pole ;
Near and more near the thunders roll :
When, glimmering thro' the groaning trees,
Kirk-Alloway seem'd in a bleeze ; 10
Thro’ilka bore " the beams were glancing ;
And loud resounded mirth and dancing:-
Inspiring bold John Barleycorn! 12
What dangers thou canst make us scorn!
Wi' tippeny,'} we fear nae evil;
Wi' usquabae we'll face the devil !
The swats 14 sae ream'd in Tammie's noddle,
Fair play, he car'd na 16 deils a boddle 17
i Birks, birch trees.
3 Brak's, 'broke his.
5 Cairn, a heap of stones.
7 Bairn, a child.
9 Mither, mother.
11 Bore, crevice.
14 Srwats, funies.
15 Noddle, head.
1) Boddle, a farthing.
? Meikle fiane, a large stone.
4 Neck-bane, neck bone.
* Aboon, above.
10 Bleeze, blaze.
12 and 13 John Barleycorn, and Tippeny, terms for malt liquor.
10 Car'd na, minded not.
But Maggie stood right fair : astonishid,
Till, by the heel and hand admonish'd,
She ventured forward on the light;
And, vow! Tam saw an unco light!
Warlocks and witches in a dance ;
Nae cotillion brent 3 new frae France,
But hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys, and reels,
Put life and meettle in their heels,
A winnock-bunker 4 in the east,
There sat auld Nick, in shape o' beast ;
A towzie-tyke, black, grim, and large,
To gie them music was his charge :
He fçrew'd the pipes and gart' them skirl,
Till roof and rafters a' did dirl.9
Coffins stood round, like open presses, * •
That shaw'd " the dead in their last dresses;
And by fome devilish cantrip 12 flight, ,
Each in its cauld 13 hand held a light.-
By which heroic Tam was able
To note upon the haly 14 table,
A murderer's banes 15 in gibbet airns ;
Twa span-lang,'? wee, 18 unchristen’d bairns ;
* Sair, sore.
2 Unco, ftrange. · Brent, brought.
* Winnock-bunker, a window. 5 Towzie-ryke, a shaggy dog. o To gie, give.
7 Gart, made. • Skirl, to cry out.
9 Dirl, rattle, shake. 10 Preffes, closets for linen, a sort of cupboards. " Shaw'd, Mewed. 12 Cantrip, a charm or fpell. 13 Cauld, cold. 14 Haly table, holy table. 15 Banes, bones. 16 Airns, irons. 17 Iwa span-lang, wo spans in length.
18 Wee, litue.
A thief, new-cutted frae a rape,'
Wi' his last gasp his gab ? did gape;
Five tomahawks, wi blude 3 red-rusted,
Five scymitars, wi' murder crusted ;
A garter, which a babe had strangled,
A knife, a father's throat had mangled,
Whom his ain 4 son o'life bereft,
hairs yet stacks to the heft;
Wi' mair 7 orrible and awefu',
Which ev'n to name wad be unlawfu'.
As Tammie glowr'd, amaz’d, and curious,
The mirth and fun
fast and furious :
The piper loud and louder blew ;
The dancers quick and quicker flew ;
They reeld, they set, they cross’d, they cleekit,
Till ilka carlin 8 swat' and reekit,"
And coost her duddies ļ1 to the wark,"
And linket 13 at it in her fark ! 14
Now Tam, Tam! had thae's been queans,
A' plump and strapping in their teens,
2 Gab, mouth. s Stack, stuck.
1 New cutted frae a rap, new cut from a rope. 3 Blude, blood.
* Ain, own. Heft, haft.
7 Mair, more. 8 Cariin, a tout old woman. ! Swat, sweated.
Cocji ber duddies, cast off her clothes. 13 Linkit, danced.
14 Sark, a shift. Queans, lafíes.
10 Reekit, smoked. 12 Wark, work. 15 Thae, thefe.
Their farks, instead o'creeshie flannen,'
Been snaw-white 2 feventeen hunder linnen!
Thir breeks 3 o mine, my only pair,
That ance 4 were plush, o' gude blue hair,
I wad hae gi'en them off my hurdies,
For ae blink 5 o'the bonnie burdies ! ☺
But wither'd beldams, auld and droll,
Rigwoodie hags wad fpean? a foal,
Lowping 8 an' flinging on a crummock,
I wonder didna *° turn thy stomach.
But Tam kend? what was what fu' brawlie,
There was ae winsome 13 wench and wawlie, *4
That night enlisted in the core, as
(Lang after kend on Carrick shore
beast to dead ' she shot,
And perifh'd mony a bonnie boat,
And shook baith 7 meikle corn and bear, 18
And kept the country-side in fear),
'Chreeshie flannen, greasy flannel. 2 Snaw-white, snow-white. 3 Thir breeks, these breeches. 4 Ance, once. 5 Ae blink, one look.
o Bonnie Burdies, pretty creatures. i Wad spean, would wean.
8 Lowping, jumping. 9 Crummock, a crutch,
10 Didna, did not, i Kend, knew,
12 Brawlie, very well. 13 Winsome, buxom.
14 Wawlie, comely. 15 Core, corps.
16 Dead, death. 37 Baith, both. H8 Bear, barley.
Her cutty fark,' o' Paisley harn,
That while a lassie 3 she had worn,
In longitude tho' sorely scanty,
It was her best, and she was vauntie. 4.com
Ah! little kend thy reverend grannie,
That fark she coft for her wee Nannie,
Wi'twa pund Scots,? ('twas a' her riches),
Wad ever grace a dance of witches!
my Muse her wing maun cour ;
Sic flights are far beyond her pow'r ;
To sing how Nannie lap and flang,
(A souple so jade she was and strang")
And how Tam stood, like ane " bewitch'd,
And thought his very een "3 enrich'd ;
Even Satan glowr'd, and fidg’d fu' fain, 4
And hotch'd and blew wi' might and main :
Till first ae caper, syne anither,"S
Tam tint 26 his reason a' thegither, 17
And roars out, “Weel done, Cutty-fark !”
And in an instant all was dark :