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1 AS Rab, who ever frugal was,
2 Some oat-meal cakes was baking,
3 In came a crazy scribbling lass,
4 Which set his heart a-quaking.
5 "I fear," says he, "she'll verses write,
6 An' to her neebors show it:
7 But troth I need na care a doit,
8 Though a' the country knew it.
9 My cakes are good, none can object;
10 The maids will ca' me thrifty;
11 To save a sixpence on the peck
12 Is just an honest shifty.
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13 They're fair an' thin, an' crump, 'tis true;
14 You'll own sae when you see them;
15 But, what is better than the view,
16 Put out your han' an' pree them. "
17 He spoke, an' han'd the cakes about,
18 Whilk ev'ry eater prized;
19 Until the basket was run out,
20 They did as he advised.
21 An' ilka ane that got a share,
22 Said that they were fu' dainty;
23 While Rab cri'd eat, an' dinna spare
24 For I hae cakes in plenty.
25 And i' the corner stan's a cheese,
26 A glass an' bottle by me;
27 Baith ale and porter, when I please,
28 To treat the lasses slily.
29 Some ca' me wild an' roving youth;
30 But sure they are mistaken:
31 The maid wha gets me, of a truth,
32 Her bread will ay be baken.


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Title (in Source Edition): ON SEEING MR. — BAKING CAKES.
Genres: occasional poem

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Little, Janet, 1759-1813. The Poetical Works of Janet Little, the Scotch Milkmaid. Air: Printed by John & Peter Wilson, 1792, pp. [171]-172.  (ESTC T126549) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Library of the University of California, Los Angeles.)

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