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Air Come under my plaidie.
1 WE'VE hed sec a durdum at Gobbleston parish,
2 For twonty lang years there's nit been sec a fair;
3 We'd slack reape, and tight reape, and dogs that wer dancin,
4 Wi' leytle roun hats on to gar the fwok stare:
5 A leytle black messet danc'd sae leyke auld Jenny,
6 I thought it wad niver run out o' my head;
7 It was last thing at neet, and the first i' the mworning,
8 And I rwoar'd leyke a fuil as I laid i' my bed!
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9 And we had stage playing, and actors frae Lunnon,
10 At hed sec a canny and bonny leyke say;
11 I forgat the black messet, and gowl'd leyke a ninny,
12 Tho' I said to mysel, "Wey, its nobbet a play!"
13 But aw that was naething, for mony wer blinded,
14 And Jemmy, that brags aw the town for a feght,
15 He twistet and twirlt it was just for an off-put,
16 But aw wadn't dui, for he gowl'd hawf the neet.
17 And Betty Mac Nippen, and five of her dowters,
18 As feyne as May garlans, were clwose at my back;
19 I was flayt they wad hinder fwok hear aw the speeching,
20 But they gowl'd sec a guid'n, that nin o' them spak:
21 And Betty hes heard frae her sister in Lunnon,
22 And she's sent the bairns sec a mwort o' feyne things,
23 That if Betty Mac Nippen wad mek tem stage players,
24 She cud fit tem out, ay leyke queens or leyke kings.
25 Then down-the-brow Wully tuik up his cwoat lappet,
26 And held til his een, for he's given to jeer;
27 But I had it frae yen that was even fornenst him,
28 'Twas weel for his sel his cwoat lappet was near.
29 Oh Venus perserv'd was the neame o' the actin,
30 And Jaffer was him hed the beautiful weyfe;
31 Tho' I gowl'd aw the teyme, it's a wonder to tell on't,
32 I niver was hawf sae weel pleas'd i' my leyfe!


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Title (in Source Edition): WE'VE HED SEC A DURDUM.
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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. 216-217.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [42.256].)

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