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Auld Nature swears, the lovely dears
Her noblest work she classes, 0:
Her prentice han' she try'd on man,
An' then she made the lasses, O.

Green grow, &c.

Song-Wha is that at my Bower-door.1

Tune-"Lass, an I come near thee."

"WHA is that at my bower-door?"
'O wha is it but Findlay!'

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"Then gae your gate, ye 'se nae be here:
'Indeed maun I,' quo' Findlay;
"What mak' ye, sae like a thief?
'O come and see,' quo' Findlay;
"Before the morn ye'll work mischief: "
'Indeed will I,' quo' Findlay.

"Gif I rise and let you in "-
'Let me in,' quo' Findlay;

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"Ye'll keep me waukin wi' your din:
'Indeed will I,' quo' Findlay;
"In my bower if ye should stay
'Let me stay,' quo' Findlay;
"I fear ye'll bide till break o' day:"
'Indeed will I,' quo' Findlay.

"Here this night if ye remain"-
'I'll remain,' quo' Findlay;

"I dread ye'll learn the gate again :
'Indeed will I,' quo' Findlay.
"What may pass within this bower
'Let it pass,' quo' Findlay;



"Ye maun conceal till your last hour:"
Indeed will I,' quo' Findlay.

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1 Suggested by a song in Allan Ramsay's Tea-table Miscellany.


Remorse-A Fragment.1

Of all the numerous ills that hurt our peace,
That press the soul, or wring the mind with anguish,
Beyond comparison the worst are those

By our own folly, or our guilt brought on:
In ev'ry other circumstance, the mind
Has this to say, 'it was no deed of mine
But, when to all the evil of misfortune
This sting is added, 'blame thy foolish self!'
Or worser far, the pangs of keen remorse,
The torturing, gnawing consciousness of guilt-
Of guilt, perhaps, when we've involvèd others,
The young, the innocent, who fondly lov'd us;
Nay more, that very love their cause of ruin!
O burning hell! in all thy store of torments
There's not a keener lash!

Lives there a man so firm, who, while his heart
Feels all the bitter horrors of his crime,

Can reason down its agonizing throbs;
And, after proper purpose of amendment,

Can firmly force his jarring thoughts to peace?
O happy, happy, enviable man!

O glorious magnanimity of soul!

Epitaph on Wm. Hood, senr., in Tarbolton.2

HERE Souter Hood in death does sleep;

To hell if he's gane thither,
Satan, gie him thy gear to keep;

He'll haud it weel thegither.

1 Suggested, perhaps, by the repentance of "a rural Don Juan," whose forte was not blank verse. As early as 1783. The fragment, of course, is dramatic, and not personal.

For line 4 of the text (from the Common-place Book), Currie gives :

"That to our folly or our guilt we



2 Souter Hood was a ruling elder in Tarbolton.

Title as in Common-place Book. In the editious it is "On a Celebrated Ruling Elder."

Epitaph on James Grieve, Laird of
Boghead, Tarbolton.'

HERE lies Boghead amang the dead
In hopes to get salvation;
But if such as he in Heav'n may be,
Then welcome, hail damnation.

Epitaph on my own Friend and my Father's
Friend, Wm. Muir in Tarbolton Mill.2

AN honest man here lies at rest,
As e'er God with his image blest;
The friend of man, the friend of truth,
The friend of age, and guide of youth:
Few hearts like his, with virtue warm'd,
Few heads with knowledge so informed:
If there's another world, he lives in bliss;
If there is none, he made the best of this.

Epitaph on my ever honoured Father.
O YE whose cheek the tear of pity stains,

Draw near with pious rev'rence, and attend!
Here lie the loving husband's dear remains,
The tender father, and the gen'rous friend;
The pitying heart that felt for human woe,

The dauntless heart that fear'd no human pride;
The friend of man-to vice alone a foe;

For "ev'n his failings lean'd to virtue's side.” 4

1 One of Burns's rather maladroit

experiments in epigram.

compliment to a living friend.

The title from the Common-place Book: in Currie it is simply "Epitaph on a Friend." In the Cp. Book the first line reads

Here lies a cheerful, honest breast." 3 William Burns died on Feb. 18, 1784. (Letter by Burns, dated "Lochlea, Feb. 17, 1784," and signed "Robert Burness.")

Title also from Common-place Book; in the editions it is "For the Author's Father." In the Cp. Book the first line is

"O ye who sympathize with virtue's pains,'

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and at the foot of the page is sug gested

"O ye whose heart deceased merit pains."

• Goldsmith.-R. B.


Ballad on the American War.1

Tune "Killiecrankie."

WHEN Guilford good our pilot stood,
An' did our hellima thraw, man,
Ae night, at tea, began a plea,
Within America, man:
Then up they gat the maskin-pat,b
And in the sea did jaw, man ;
An' did nae less, in full congress,
Than quite refuse our law, man.

Then thro' the lakes Montgomery 2 takes,
I wat he was na slaw,d man;
Down Lowrie's Burns he took a turn,
And Carleton did ca', man:
But yet, whatreck, he, at Quebec,
Montgomery-like did fa', man,
Wi' sword in hand, before his band,
Amang his en'mies a', man.

Poor Tammy Gage within a cage
Was kept at Boston-ha', man;
Till Willie Howe took o'er the knowe
For Philadelphia, man ;

• helm.
b tea-pot.
1 Probably of 1784, as it alludes to
Pitt's new Parliament of that year.
The measure imitates that of a famous

skit on the Battle of Prestonpans, by a Mr Skirving

"The Chevalier being void o' fear,

Did march up Birsie brae, man!" One of Burns's very rare allusions to Golf occurs here:

"North, Fox, and Co. "Gowffed Willie like a ba', man!"

First published in the Edinburgh edition, 1787, after consulting the Earl of Glencairn and Henry Erskine. The notes are from Chambers.

2 General Richard Montgomery invaded Canada, autumn 1775, and took Montreal, the British Commander, Sir Guy Carleton, retiring before him. In


c throw.

d slow.

an attack on Quebec he was less fortunate, being killed by a storm of grape-shot in leading on his men at Cape Diamond.

Lowrie's Burn, a pseudonym for the St Lawrence.

A passing compliment to the Montgomeries of Coilsfield, the patrons of the poet.

5 General Gage, governor of Massachusetts, was cooped up in Boston by General Washington during the latter part of 1775 and early part of 1776. In consequence of his inefficiency, he was replaced in October of that year by General Howe.

6 General Howe removed his army from New York to Philadelphia in the summer of 1777.


Wi' sword an' gun he thought a sin
Guid christian bluid to draw, man;
But at New-York, wi' knife an' fork,
Sir-Loin he hacked sma',1 man.

Burgoyne gaed up, like spur an' whip,
Till Fraser brave did fa', man;
Then lost his way, ae misty day,
In Saratoga shaw,a man.2

Cornwallis fought as lang's he dought,
An' did the Buckskins claw,3 man;
But Clinton's glaive frae rust to save,
He hung it to the wa', man.

Then Montague, an' Guilford too,
Began to fear a fa', man;


And Sackville dour, wha stood the stour,d
The German chief to thraw,e man :
For Paddy Burke, like ony Turk,
Nae mercy had at a', man;
An' Charlie Fox threw by the box,
An' lows'd his tinkler jaw, man.

Then Rockingham took up the game,
Till death did on him ca', man;
When Shelburne meek held up his cheek,
Conform to gospel law, man:


Saint Stephen's boys, wi' jarring noise,
They did his measures thraw, man;
For North an' Fox united stocks,*
An' bore him to the wa', man.
c stubborn.

b Virginians.

& wood. 1 Alluding to a razzia made by orders of Howe at Peekskill, March 1777, when a large quantity of cattle belonging to the Americans was destroyed.

General Burgoyne surrendered his army to General Gates, at Saratoga, on the Hudson, October 1776.

3 Alluding to the active operations of Lord Cornwallis in Virginia, in 1780, all of which onded, however, in his surrender of his army at York. town, October 1781, while vainly hoping for reinforcements from General Clinton ut New York.

d tumult.

⚫ thwart.

4 Lord North's administration was succeeded by that of the Marquis of Rockingham, March 1782. At the death of the latter in the succeeding July, Lord Shelburne became prime minister, and Mr Fox resigned his secretaryship. Under his lordship, peace was restored, January 1783. By the union of Lord North and Mr Fox, Lord Shelburne was soon after forced to resign in favour of his rivals, the heads of the celebrated coalition.

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