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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...I agree with th' old prig to
a hair, For a big-belly'd bottle's a heav'n of a care. A STANZA
ADDED IN A MASON LODGE. Then fill up a bumper, and make it
o'erflow, And honours masonic prepare for to throw; May every true
brother of the compass and square Have a big-belly'd bottle when
harass'd with care. THE AUTHOR'S FAREWELL TO H1S NATIVE COUNTRY.
Tune--'roslin Castle.' The gloomy night is gath'ring fast, Loud
roars the wild inconstant blast, Yon murky cloud is foul with rain,
I see it driving o'er the plain; The hunter now has left the moor,
The scatter'd coveys meet secure, While here I wander, prest with
care, Along the lonely banks of Ayr. The Autumn mourns her rip'ning
corn By early Winter's ravage torn; Across her placid, azure sky,
She sees the scowling tempest fly: Chill runs my blood to hear it
rave, I think upon the stormy wave, Where many a danger I must
dare, Far from the bonie banks of Ayr. 'Tis not the surging
billow's roar, 'Tis not that fatal, deadly shore; Tho' death in
ev'ry shape appear, The wretched have no more to fear: But round my
heart the ties are bound, That heart transpierc'd with many a
wound: These bleed afresh, those ties I tear, To leave the bonie
banks of Ayr. Farewell, old Coila's hills and dales, Her heathy
moors and winding vales; The scenes where wretched fancy roves,
Pursuing past, unhappy loves Farewell, my friends Farewell, my foes
My peace with these, my love with those---The bursting tears my
heart declare, Farewell, the bonie banks of Ayr THE FAREWELL. TO
THE BRETHREN OF ST. JAMES'S LODGE, TARBOLTON. TUNE--'GUID NIGHT,
AND JOY BE WI YOU A' ' Adieu a heart-warm, fond adieu Dear brothers
of the mystic tie Ye favour'd, ye enlighten'd few, Companions of my
social joy Tho' I to foreign lands...
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