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address to the Shade of Thomson,



While virgin Spring, by Eden's flood,

Unfolds her tender mantle green,
Or pranks the sod in frolic mood,

Or tunes Æolian strains between :

While Summer, with a matron grace,

Retreats to Dryburgh's cooling shade,
Yet oft, delighted, stops to trace

The progress of the spiky blade :

While Autumn, benefactor kind,

By Tweed erects his agèd head,
And sees, with self-approving mind,

Each creature on his bounty fed :

address to the Shade of Thomson.

While maniac Winter rages o'er

The hills whence classic Yarrow flows, Rousing the turbid torrent's roar,

Or sweeping, wild, a waste of snows ;

So long, sweet Poet of the year!

Shall bloom that wreath thou well hast won ; While Scotia, with exulting tear,

Proclaims that Thomson was her son !


Epistle to Davie,


WHILE winds frae aff Ben Lomond blaw,
And bar the doors wi' driving snaw,

And hing us owre the ingle,
I set me down to pass the time,
And spin a verse or twa o' rhyme,

In hamely westlin jingle.
While frosty winds blaw in the drift

Ben to the chimla lug,
I grudge a wee the great folks' gift,
That live sae bien and snug :
I tent less, and want less

Their roomy fire-side ;
But hanker and canker

To see their cursèd pride.


Epistle to Davie.

It's hardly in a body's power
To keep at times frae being sour,

To see how things are shared ;
How best o'chiels are whiles in want,
While coofs on countless thousands rant,

And ken na how to wair't ;
But, Davie, lad, ne'er fash your head,

Though we hae little gear,
We're fit to win our daily bread,
As lang's we're hale and fier:
" Mair spier na, nor fear na,"

Auld age ne'er mind a feg;
The last o't, the warst o't,

Is only but to beg.

To lie in kilns and barns at e'en,
When banes are crazed, and bluid is thin,

Is doubtless great distress!
Yet then content could make us blest ;
E'en then, sometimes, we'd snatch a taste

Of truest happiness.
The honest heart that's free frae a'

Intended fraud or guile,
However Fortune kick the ba',
Has aye some cause to smile:
And mind still, you'll find still,

A comfort this nae sma';
Nae mair then, we'll care then,

Nae farther can we fa'.

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