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Behind the door a bag of meal,

And in the kist was plenty
Of good hard cakes his mither bakes,

And bannocks were na scanty ;
A good fat sow, a sleeky cow

Was standin' in the byre;
Whilst lazy puss, with mealy mous,

Was playing at the fire.
Good signs are these, my mither says,

And bids me tak’ the miller ;
For foul day and fair day

He's aye bringing till her:
For meal and malt she does na want,

Nor ony thing that's dainty ;
And now and then a keckling hen

To lay her eggs in plenty.
In winter, when the wind and rain

Blaws o'er the house and byre,
He sits beside a clean hearthstane

Before a rousing fire;
With nut-brown ale he tells his tale,
Which rows him o'er fu'

nappy :
Who'd be a king – a petty thing,

When a miller lives so happy ?

This song originally appeared in the “Charmer" without the concluding stanza. It was afterwards added by the author, at that time one of the

Scottish judges.

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John Duke of Argyll and Greenwich, born 1680, died 1743.

ARGYLL is my name, and you may think it strange
To live at a court, yet never to change;
A' falsehood and flattery I do disdain,

my secret thoughts nae guile does remain.
My king and my country's foes I have faced,
In city or battle I ne'er was disgraced ;
I do every thing for my country's weal,
And feast upon bannocks o' barley meal.


Adieu to the courtie of London town,
For to my ain countrie I will gang down;
At the sight of Kirkaldy ance again,
I'll cock up my bonnet and march amain.
Oh, the muckle deil tak'a' your noise and strife!
I'm fully resolved for a country life,
Where a' the braw lasses, wha ken me weel,
Will feed me wi' bannocks o' barley meal.

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I will quickly lay down my sword and my gun,
And put my blue bonnet and my plaidie on;
With my silk-tartan hose and leather-heel'd shoon,
And then I will look like a sprightly loon.
And when I'm sae dress'd frae tap to tae,
To meet my dear Maggie I vow I will gae,
Wi' target and hanger hung down to my heel,
And I'll feast upon bannocks o' barley meal.

I'll buy a rich garment to gi'e to my dear,
A ribbon o' green for Maggie to wear ;
And mony thing brawer than that, I declare,
Gin she will gang wi’ me to Paisley fair.
And when we are married, I'll keep her a cow,
And Maggie will milk when I gae to plow;
We'll live a’ the winter on beef and lang kail,
And feast upon bannocks o' barley meal.


Gin Maggie should chance to bring me a son,
He'll fight for his king as his daddy has done ;
He'll hie him to Flanders some breeding to learn,
And then hame to Scotland and get him a farm.
And there we will live by our industry,
And wha'll be sae happy as Maggie and me?
We'll a' grow as fat as a Norway seal,
Wi' our feasting on bannocks o' barley meal.

Then fare ye weel, citizens, noisy men,
Wha jolt in your coaches to Drury-lane ;
Ye bucks o’ Bear-garden, I bid you adieu,
For drinking and swearing, I leave it to you.
I'm fairly resolved for a country life,
And nae langer will live in hurry and strife;

I'll aff to the Highlands as hard's I can reel,
And whang at the bannocks o' barley meal.

This song is generally attributed to the celebrated Duke of Argyll, but the statement does not appear to rest on sufficient authority. There is no doubt, however, that it was written of, if not by him.

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ALLAN RAMSAY. Air-"Fie, gar rub her ower wi' strae."


Fie, gar


meet a bonnie lassie,
Gi’e her a kiss and let her gae;
But if ye meet a dirty hizzie,

rub her ower wi' strae.
Be sure ye dinna quit the grip

Of ilka joy when ye are young,
Before auld age your vitals nip,

And lay ye twa-fauld ower a rung.
Sweet youth's a blythe and heartsome time:

Then, lads and lasses, while it's May,

in its prime,
Before it wither and decay.
Watch the saft minutes o’ delight,

When Jenny speaks below her breath,
And kisses, layin' a' the wyte

On you if she kep ony skaith.

Haith, ye’re ill-bred, she'll smilin’ say,

Ye'll worry me, ye greedy rook.
Syne frae your arms she'll rin away,

And hide hersel' in some dark neuk.
Her lauch will lead ye to the place

Where lies the happiness ye want;
And plainly tell ye to your face,

Nineteen nay-says are hauf a grant.

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These benisons, I'm very sure,

Are of kind heaven's indulgent grant;
Then, surly carles, wheesht, forbear

To plague us wi’ your whinin' cant !

From the “ Tea-Table Miscellany," 1724. “ Connected with this song," says Chambers, “which few readers will need to be informed is a paraphrase, and a very happy one, of the celebrated 'Vides ut alta' of Horace, the following anecdote may be told. In a large mixed company, which had assembled one night in the house of a citizen of Edinburgh, where Robert Burns happened to be present, somebody sung *Gin ye meet a bonnie lassie,' with excellent effect, insomuch as to throw all present into a sort of rapture. The only exception lay with a stiff pedantic old schoolmaster, who, in all the consciousness of superior critical acumen, and determined to be pleased with nothing which was not strictly classical, sat erect in his chair, with a countenance full of disdain, and rigidly abstained from expressing the slightest symptom of satisfaction. • What ails you at the sang, Mr. - ?' inquired an honest citizen of the name of Boog, who had been particularly delighted with it. Oh, nothing !' answered the man of learning;‘only the whole of it is stolen from Horace.' • Houts, man!' replied Boog, ‘Horace has rather stolen from the auld sang.' This ludicrous observation was met with absolute shouts of laughter, the whole of which was at the expense of the discomfited critic; and Burns was pleased to express his hearty thanks to the citizen for having set the matter to rights. He seems, from & passage in Cromek's . Relics,' to have made use of the observation as his own."

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SWEET sir, for your courtesie,

When ye come by the Bass, then,
For the love ye bear to me,

Buy me a kcekin' glass, then.
" Keek into the draw-well,

Janet, Janet;
There ye'll see your bonnie sell,

My jo Janet.”
Keekin' in the draw-well clear,

What if I fa' in, sir ?
Then a' my kin' will say and swear

I dround mysell for sin, sir.
“ Haud the better by the brae,

Janet, Janet;
Haud the better by the brae,

My jo Janet.”

Gude sir, for your courtesie,

Comin' through Aberdeen, then, For the love ye bear to me,

Buy me a pair o'sheen, then. “ Clout the auld—the new are dear,

Janet, Janet; Ae pair may serve ye hauf a year,

My jo Janet.”

But what if, dancin' on the green

And skippin' like a maukin,
They should see my clouted sheen,

Of me they will be taukin'.
Dance aye laigh and late at e’en,

Janet, Janet;
Syne a'

eir fauts will no be seen, My jo Janet.”

Kind sir, for your courtesie,

When ye gae to the cross, then,
For the love ye bear to me,

Buy me a pacin' horse, then.
Pace upon your spinnin' wheel,

Janet, Janet;
Pace upon your spinnin' whe

My jo Janet.”

My spinnin' wheel is auld and stiff,

The rock o't winna stand, sir; To keep the temper-pin in tiff

Employs richt aft my hand, sir.
Mak’ the best o't that ye can,

Janet, Janet;
But like it never wale a man,

My jo Janet.”

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