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1. This war of words was actually overheard by Miss Blamire and Miss Gilpin; the two ladies immediately wrote the song Miss G. contributing the larger part. Mrs Brown.

Air Jack o' Latten.
1 OUR Dick's sae cross but what o' that!
2 I'll tell ye aw the matter;
3 Pou up yer heads; ay, deil may cure,
4 Say, women-fwok mun chatter.
5 And sae they may; they've much to say,
6 But little are they meynded;
7 OBEY! is sec a fearfu' word,
8 An' that the married find it.
9 Our Dick came in, and said it rain'd,
10 Says I, it meks nae matter;
11 "Ay, but it dis, tou silly fuil!
12 But women-fwok mun clatter:
13 They're here an' there, an' ev'ry where,
14 And meakin sec a rumble,
15 Wi' te-te-te, an' te-te-te,
16 An' grumble, grumble, grumble!"
17 "Says I to Dick, to Dick, says I,
18 There's nought i' life can match thee!
19 Thy temper's ayways bursting out,
20 And nought I say can patch thee.
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21 I's ass, and fuil, and silly snuil,
22 I's naething but a noodle;
23 I's ayways wrang, and never reet,
24 And doodle, doodle, doodle."
25 "Deil bin!" says Dick, "if what I say
26 Is nit as true as beyble!
27 And gin I put te into print,
28 The fwok wad caw't a reyble:
29 For deil a clout can tou set on,
30 In ony form or fashion,
31 Or dui or say a single thing
32 To keep yen out o' passion."
33 "Tou is a bonny guest, indeed!
34 Tou is a toppin fellow!
35 I think thy breast is meade o' brass,
36 Tou dis sae rwoar and bellow:
37 I nobbet wish that I were deef,
38 There's ayways sec a dingin;
39 I never ken what I's about,
40 There's sec a ring, ring, ringing."
41 "Whea ever kens what tou's about?
42 Tou's ayways in a ponder;
43 Ay geavin wi' thy open mouth,
44 And wonder, wonder, wonder!
45 But of aw the wonders i' this warl,
46 I wonder we e'er married;
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47 It wad hae been a bonny thing
48 Had that breet thout miscarried."
49 "But, hark ye, Dick! I'll tell ye what,
50 'Twas I that meade the blunder;
51 That I tuik up wi' leyke o' thee,
52 Was far the greetest wonder!
53 For tou was nowther guid nor rich,
54 And tempert leyke auld Scratchum!
55 The deil a day gangs owre my head,
56 But, fratchum, fratchum, fratchum!"


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Title (in Source Edition): THE CUMBERLAND SCOLD.
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Blamire, Susanna, 1747-1794. The Poetical Works of Miss Susanna Blamire “The muse of Cumberland.” Now for the first time collected by Henry Lonsdale, M.D. with a preface, memoir, and notes by Patrick Maxwell, ... Edinburgh: John Menzies, 61 Princes Street; R. Tyas, London; D. Robertson, Glasgow; and C. Thurnam, Carlisle. MDCCCXLII., 1842, pp. 211-213.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [42.256].)

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