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ON A SCOTCH BARD GONE TO THE WEST INDIES.
1 A' Ye wha live by sowps o' drink,
2 A' ye wha live by crambo-clink,
3 A' ye wha live and never think,
4 Come, mourn wi' me!
5 Our billie's gien us a' a jink,
6 An' owre the Sea.
7 Lament him a' ye rantan core,
8 Wha dearly like a random-splore;
9 Nae mair he'll join the merry roar,
10 In social key;
11 For now he's taen anither snore,
12 An' owre the Sea!
13 The bonie lasses weel may wiss him,
14 And in their dear petitions place him:
15 The widows, wives, an' a' may bless him,
16 Wi' tearfu' e'e;
17 For weel I wat they'll sairly miss him
18 That's owre the Sea!
19 O Fortune, they hae room to grumble!
20 Hadst thou taen aff some drowsy bummle,
21 Wha can do nought but fyke an' fumble,
22 'Twad been nae plea;
23 But he was gleg as onie wumble,
24 That's owre the Sea!
25 Auld, cantie KYLE may weepers wear,
26 An' stain them wi' the saut, saut tear:[Page 183]
27 'Twill mak her poor, auld heart, I fear,
28 In flinders flee:
29 He was her Laureat monie a year,
30 That's owre the Sea!
31 He saw Misfortune's cauld Nor-west
32 Lang-mustering up a bitter blast;
33 A Jillet brak his heart at last,
34 Ill may she be!
35 So, took a birth afore the mast,
36 An' owre the Sea.
37 To tremble under Fortune's cummock,
38 On scarce a bellyfu' o' drummock,
39 Wi' his proud, independant stomach,
40 Could ill agree;
41 So, row't his hurdies in a hammock,
42 An' owre the Sea.
43 He ne'er was gien to great misguidin,
44 Yet coin his pouches wad na bide in;
45 Wi' him 'it ne'er was under hidin;
46 He dealt it free:[Page 184]
47 The Muse was a' that he took pride in,
48 That's owre the Sea.
49 Jamaica bodies, use him weel,
50 An' hap him in a cozie biel:
51 Ye'll find him ay a dainty chiel,
52 An' fou o' glee:
53 He wad na wrang'd the vera Diel,
54 That's owre the Sea.
55 Fareweel, my rhyme-composing billie!
56 Your native soil was right ill-willie;
57 But may ye flourish like a lily,
58 Now bonilie!
59 I'll toast you in my hindmost gillie,
60 Tho' owre the Sea!
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Burns, Robert, 1759-1796. POEMS, CHIEFLY IN THE SCOTTISH DIALECT, BY ROBERT BURNS. Kilmarnock: printed by John Wilson, M,DCC,LXXXVI., 1786, pp. 181-184. 240p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T91548) (Page images digitized by National Library of Scotland.)
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