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THE AUTHOR'S EARNEST CRY.

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Yet, al beneath the unrivall'd rose,

| Does ony great man glunch and gloom ? The lowly daisy sweetly blows;

Speak out, and never fas your thoom ! Tho' large the forest's monarch throws Let posts and pensions sink or soom . His army shade,

W' them wha grant 'em: Yet green the juicy hawthorn grows, If honestly they canna come, Adown the glade.

Far better want 'em. Then never murmur nor repine ;

In gathrin' votes you were na slack; Strive in thy humble sphere to shine;

Now stand as tightly by your tack; And, trust me, not Potosi's mine,

Ne'er claw your lug, and fidge your back, Nor king's regard,

And hum and haw;
Can give a bliss o’ermatching thine,

But raise your arm, and tell your crack
A rustic bard.

Before them a'.
To give my counsels all in one
Thy tuneful flame still careful fan;

Paint Scotland greeting ower her thrissle, Preserve the dignity of man,

Her mutchkin stoup as toom's a whissle; With soul erect;

And d-mn'd excisemen in a bussle,
And trust, the universal plan

Seizin' a stell,
Will all protect.

crushin't like a mussel And wear thou this”-she solemn said,

Or lampit shell. And bound the holly round my head:

Then on the tither hand present her, The polish'd leaves, and berries red,

A blackguard smuggler, right behint her, Did rustling play;

And cheek-for-chow, a chutiie vintner,
And, like a passing thought, she fled

Colleaguing join,
In light away.

Picking her pouch as bare as winter

Of a' kind coin.

Is there, that bears the name o' Scot, Thr Antljar's Earnest Cry and Prayrr But feels his heart's bluid rising hot,

To see his poor auld mither's pot TO THE SCOTCII REPRESENTATIVES IN

Tlius dung in staves,
THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. (79) And plundered o' her hindmost groat

By gallows knaves ?
" Dearest of distillation ! last and best!
IIow art thou lost!"-PARODY OX MILTON. | Alas! I'm but a nameless wight,
YE Irish lords, ye knights and squires,

Trod i'the mire out o'sight?
Wha represent our brughs and shires,

But could I like Montgomeries fight (81), And doucely manage onr affairs

Or gab like Boswell (82),"

There's some sark-necks I wad draw tight, i parliament, To you a simple Bardie's prayers

And tie some hose well. · Are humbly sent.

God bless your honours, can ye see't,
Alas! my roopit Muse is hearse !

The kind, auld, cantie carlin greet,
Your honour's heart wi' grief 'twad pierce' And no get warmly to your feet,
To see her sittin' on her a

And gar them hear it,
Low i' the dust,

And tell them, with a patriot heat,
And scriecluin' out prosaic verse,

Ye winua bear it ?
And like to brust!
Tell them wha hae the chief direction,

Some o' you nicely ken the laws,

To round the period and pause, Scotland and me's in great affliction,

And wi' rhetoric clause on clause
E’er sin' they laid that curst restriction

To mak harangues;
On aqua vita;
And rouse them up to strong conviction,

Then echo thro' Saint Stephen's wa's

Auld Scotland's wrangs. And move their pity. Stand forth, and tell yon Premier youth (80), Dempster (83), a true blue Scot I'se warran”, The honest, open, naked truth :

Thee, aith-detesting, chaste Kilkerran (84); Tell him o' mine and Scotland's drouth. And that glib-gabbet Highland baron, His servants humble :

The Laird o' Graham (85); The inuckle devil blaw ye south,

And ane, a chap that's d-mn'd auldfarran, If ye dissemble!

Dundas his name. (86)

Erskine (87), a spunkie Norland billie; And if she promise auld or young
True Campbells, Frederick (88) and Ilay (89);

To tak their part,
Aud Livingstone, the banld Sir Willie; Tho' by the neck she should be strung,
And monie ithers,

She'll no desert.
Whcm auld Demosthenes or Tully

And now, ye chosen Five-and-Forty,
May'n own for brithers.

May still your mither's heart support ye;
See' sodger Hugh, my watchmen stented, Then, though a minister grow dorty,
If bardies e'er are represented;

And kick your place, I ken if that your sword were wanted, Ye'll snap your fingers poor and hearty, Ye'd lend a hand,

Before his face,
But when there's ought to say anent it,

God bless your lonours a' your days,
Ye're at a stand. (90)

Wi' sowps o' kail and brats o claise,
Arouse, my boys! exert your mettle,

In spite o' a' the thievish kaes, To get auld Scotland back her kettle ;

That haunt St. Jamies !
Or faith! I'll wad my now pleugh-pettle, Your humble Poet sings and prays,
Yell see't ere lang,

While Rab his name is.
She'll teach you wi' a reekin' whittle,
Anither sang.

POSTCRIPT.
This while she's been in crankus mood,
Her lost militia fir'd her bluid ;

Let half-starv'd slaves in warmer skies (Deil na they never mair do yuid,

See future wines, rich clust'ring, rise;
Play'd her that pliskie!) Their lot auld Scotland ne'er envies,
And now she's like to run red-iud

But blythe and frisky,
About her whisky.

See eyes her freeborn, martial boys
And L d! if ance they pit her tillit,

Tak aff their whisky. Her tartan petticoat she'll kilt,

What tho' their Pliabus kinder warms, And durk and pistol at her belt,

While frayrance blooms and beauty charms! She'll tak the streets,

When wretches range, in fainish'd swarms, And rin her wlittle to the hilt,

The scented groves,
I'th' first she meets !

Or hounded forth, dishonour arms
For G-d sake, sirs ! then speak her fair,

In hungry droves. And straik her cannie wi' the hair,

Their gun's a burthen on their shoulther; And to the muckle house repair,

They downa bide the stink o' powther;
Wi' instant speed,

Their bauldest thought's a hauk'ring swither And strive, wi' a' your wit and lear,

To stan' or rin,
To get remead.

Till skelpa shot—they're aff, a'throwther, Yon ill-tongu'd tinkler, Charlie Fox,

To save their skin,
May taunt you wi' his jeers and mocks; But bring a Scotsman frae luis hill,
But gie him't het, my hearty cocks!

Clap in his cheek a Highland gill,
Een cowe the cadie!

Say such is royal George's will,
An send him to his dicing box

And there's the foe,
And sportin' lady.

He has nae thought but how to kill
Tell yon guid bluid o’auld Boconnock's (91),

Twa at a blow. I'll be his debt twa mashlum bonnocks (92), Nae cauld, faint-hearted doubtings tease him; And drink his health in auld Nanse Tin-| Death comes--wi' fearless eye le sees him; nock's (93)

| Wi' bluidy han’ a welcome yies him ; Nine times a-week,

And when he fa's, If he some scheme, like tea and winnocks (94), ) His latest dranght o' breathin' lea's him Wad kindly seek.

In faint huzzas !
Could he some commutation broach,

Sages their solemn een may steek,
I'll pledge my aith in guid braid Scotch, And raise a philosophic reek,
He'll need na fear their foul reproach, And physically causes seek,
Nor erudition,

In clime and season ;
Yon mixtie-maxtie queer hotch-potch, But tell me whisky's name in Greck,
The Coalition.

I'll tell the reason. Auld Scotland lias a raucle tongue;

Scotland, my auld, respected mither ! She's just a devil wi' a rung;

Tho' whiles ye moistify your leather,

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I lastly was with Curtis, among the floating battries, And there I left for witness an arm and a limb;

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Till whare ye sit, on craps o' heather | Thou art the life o' public haunts;
Ye tine your dam;

But thee, what were our fairs and rants ?
Freedom and whisky gang thegither! Ev'n godly meetings o' the saunts,
Take aif your dram!

By thee inspir'd,
When gaping they besiege the tents (98),

Are doubly fir'd.
Grotrh Drink.

That merry night we get the corn in,

Oh sweetly then thou reams the horn in! “Gie him strong drink, until he wink,

Or reekin' on a new-year morning
That's sinking in despair;
And liquor guid to fire his bluid,

In cog or bicker,
That's prest w grief and care;

And just a wee drap sp'ritual burn in,
There let him bouse, and deep carouse,

And gusty gucker!
Wi' bumpers flowing o'er,
Till he forgets his loves or debts.

When Vulcan gies liis bellows breath, And minds his griefs no more." (95.) And ploughmen gather wi' their graith,

SOLOMON'S PROVERB, XXXi, 6, 7. Oh rare! to see thee fizz and freath LET other poets raise a fracas,

l' th’lugget caup! 'Bout vines, and wines, and dru’ken Bacchus,

Then Burnewin comes on like death
And crabbit names and stories wrack us,

At ev'ry chap.
And grate our lug,

Nae mercy, then, for air or steel;
I sing the juice Scotch beer can mak us, The brawnie, bainie, ploughman chiel,
In glass or jug.

Brings hard owrehip, wi' sturdy wheel, Oh thou, my Muse! guid auld Scotch drink;

The strong forehammer, Whether thro' wimplin' worms thou jink,

Till block and studdie ring and reel Or, richly brown, ream o'er the brink,

Wi' dinsome clamour. ous faen,

When skirlin' seanies see the light,
Inspire me, till I lisp and wink,

Thou maks the gossips clatter bright,
To sing thy name!

How fumblin'cuifs their dearies slight; Let husky wheat the hauglis adorn,

Wae worth the name! And aits set up their awuie horn,

Nae howdie gets a social night,
And peas and beans, at e'en or morn,

Or plack frae them.,
Perfume the plain,

When neebors anger at a plea,
Leeze me on thee, John Barleycorn,

And just as wud as wud can be.
Thou king o'grain !

How easy can the barley-bree
On thee aft Scotland chows her cood,

Cement the quarrel ? In souple scones, the wale o' food !

Its aye the cheapest lawyer's fee,
Or tumblin' in the boilin' flood

To taste the barrel,
Wi' kail and beef;

Alake! that e'er my Muse has reason
But when thou pours thy strong heart's blood,

To wyte her countrymen wi' treason!
There thou shines chief,

But monie daily weet their weason
Food fills the wame, and keeps us livin';

Wi' liquors nice, Tho' life's a gift no worth receivin',

And hardly, in a winter's season,
When heavy dragg'd wi' pine and grievin';

E’er spier her price.
But, oild by thee,
The wheels o' life gae down-hill scrievin',

Wae worth that brandy, burning trash!
Wi' rattlin' glee,

Fell source o' monie a pain and brash!

Twins monie a poor, doylt, drucken hash, Thou clears the head o' doited Lear:

O' half his days ; Thou cheers the heart o' drooping Care;

And sends, beside, auld Scotland's cash Thou strings the nerves o' Labour sair,

To her warst faes.
At's weary toil;
Thou even brightens dark Despair

Ye Scots, wha wish auld Scotland we'l,
Wi' gloomy smile.

Ye chief, to you my tale I tell, Aft clad in massy, siller weed,

Poor plackless devils like mysel, Wi' gentles thou erects thy head (96);

It sets you ill,
Yet humbly kind in time o' need,

Wi' bitter, dearthfu' wines to mell,
The poor man's wine,

Or foreign gill.
His wee drap panitch, or his bread,

May gravels round his blather wrench,
Thou kitchens fine. (97) | And gouts torment him inch by inch,

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