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An' soon as he flings by his plaid an' staff,
Jenny'. A dish o' married love right soon grows cauld, An' dosens down to nane, as fouk grow auld.
Peggy. But we'll grow auld thegither, and ne'er find The loss o' youth, when love grows on the mind. Bairns and their bairns mak sure a firmer tie, Than ought in love the like of us can spy. See yon twa elms that grow up side by side, Suppose them some years syne bridegroom and bride ; Nearer and nearer ilka year they've prest, Till wide their spreading branches are increas'd, And in their mixture now are fully blest : This shields the other frae the eastlin blast, That, in return, defends it frae the wast. Sic as stand single (a state sae liked by you :) Beneath ilk storm, frae every airt, maun bow.
Jenny. I've done-1 yield, dear lassie, 1 maun yield; Your better sense has fairly won the field, With the assistance of a little fae Lies darn'd within my breast this mony a day.
- The Gentle Shepherd.
NOTE 1.- The Cotter's Saturday Night. Page 113. GILBERT BURNS gives the following distinct account of the origin of this poem :
t had frequently remarked to me that he thought there was something peculiarly venerable in the phrase. Let us worship God!' used by a decent, sober head of a family, introducing family-worship. To this sentiment of the author the world is indebted for The Cotter's Saturday Night. W in which I was not thought fit to participate, we used frequently to walk together, when the weather was favourable, on the Sunday afternoons, those precious breathing-times to the labouring part of the community, and enjoyed such Sundays as would make one regret to see their number abridged. It was in one of these walks that I first had the pleasure of hearing the author repeat 'The Cotter's Saturday Night.' I do not recollect to have read or heard any. thing by which I was more highly electrified. The fifth and sixth stanzas, and the eighteenth, thrilled wlth peculiar ecstasy through my soul. The cotter, in the Saturday Night,' is an exact copy of my father in his manners, his family devotion, and exhortations; yet the other parts of the description do not apply to our family. None of us were
at service out among the farmers roun'. Instead of our depositing our 'sair-won penny-fee' with our parents, my father laboured hard, and lived with the most rigid economy, that he might be able to keep his children at home, thereby having an opportunity of watching the progress of our young minds, and forming in them early habits of piety and virtue; and from this motive alone did he engage in farming, the source of all his difficulties and distresses."
NOTE 2.- Halloween Page 121. The first ceremony of Halloween is pulling each a stock or plant of kail. They must go out, hand-in-hand, with eyes shut, and pull the first they meet with; its being big or little, straight or crooked, is prophetic of the size and shape of the grand object of all their spells-the husband or wife. If any yird, or earth, stick to the root, that is tocher, or fortune, and the taste of the custoc-that is, the heart of the stem --is indicative of the natural temper and disposition. Lastly, the stems, or, to give then their ordinary appellation, the runts, are placed somewhere above the head of
ole whom chance brings into the house, are, according to the priority of placing the runts, the names in question.-B.
Page 125. They go to the barn-yard and pull each, at three several times, a stalk of oats. If the third stalk wants the top pickle-that is, the grain at the top of the stalk--the party in question will come to the marriage-bed anything but a maid.-B.
When the corn is in a doubtful state, by being too green or wet, the stack-builder, by means of old timber, etc., makes a large apartment in his stack, with an opening in the side which is fairest exposed to the wind : this he calls a fause-house. -B.
Burning the nuts is a famous charm. They name the lad and lass to each particular nut as they lay them in the fire, and accordingly as they burn quietly together, or start from beside one another, the course and issue of the courtship will be.-B.
Page 126. Whoever would, with success, try this spell, must strictly observe these directions :-Steal out, all alone, to the kiln, and darkling throw into the pot a clue of blue yarn; wind it in a new clue of the old one ; and, towards the latter end, something will hold the thread; demand " Wha hauds!"-ice, who holds? An answer will be returned from the kiln-pot, by naming the Christian and surname of your future spouse.-B.
Page 127 Take a candle, and go alone to a looking-glass ; eat an apple before it, and some traditions say you should comb your hair all the time; the face of your conjugal companion to be, will be seen in the glass, as if peeping over your shoulder.-B.
Page 129. Steal out unperceived, and sow a handful of hemp-seed, harrowing it with anything you can conveniently draw after you. Repeat now and then, “Hemp-seed, I saw thee; hemp seed, I saw thee; and him (or her) that is to be my true love, come after me and pou thee." Look over your left shoulder, and you will see the appearance of the person invoked, in the attitude of pulling hemp. Some traditions say, "Come after me and shaw thee," that is, show thyself; in which case it simply appears. Others omit the harrowing, and say, “Come after me and harrow thee."-B.
Page 130. This charm must likewise be performed un perceived and alone. You go to the barn, and open both doors, taking them off the hinges, if possible, for there is danger that the being about to appear may shut the doors, and do you some mischief. Then take that instrument used in winnowing the corn, which in our country dialect we call a wecht; and go through all the attitudes of letting down corn against the wind. Repeat it three times; and the third time an apparition will pass through the barn, in at the win'ly door, and out at the other, having both the figure in question and the appearance of retinue marking the employment or station in life.-B.
Take an opportunity of going unnoticed to a bean-stack, and fathom it three times round. The last fathom of the last time you will catch in your arms the appearance of your future conjugal yoke-fellow.-B.
Page 131. You go out, one or more, for this is a social spell, to a south-running spring or rivulet, where "three lairds' lands meet," and dip your left shirt-sleeve. Go to bed in sight of a fire, and hang your wet sleeve before it to dry. Lie awake; and sometime near midnight an apparition having the exact figure of the grand object in question will come and turn the sleeve, as if to dry the other side of it.-B.
Page 132. Take three dishes; put clean water in one, foul water in another, leave the third empty: blindfold a person, and lead him to the hearth where the dishes are ranged; he (or she) dips the left hand ; if by chance in the clean water, the future husband or wife will come to the bar of matrimony a maid ; if in the foul, a widow, if in the empty dish, it foretells, with equal certainty, no marriage at all. It is repeated three times, and every time the arrangement of the dishes is altered.-B.
Aisle, a hot cinder.
| Gie, to give ; gied, gave; gien, given. | Outlers, cattle not housed. Banks, cross beams. Giglets, playful girls.
Parritch, oatmeal pudding, a wellBeet, to add fuel to fire.
Gilpey, a hálf-grown, half-formed boy known Scottish dish. Belyve, by and by.
or girl, a romping lad, a hoyden. Plew or Pleugh, a plough. Ben, into the spence or parlour, a spence. Glinted, peeped.
Poind, to seize cattle or goods for rent, Beuk, a book. Glintin, peeping.
as the laws of Scotland allow. Biel or Bield, shelter.
Glowr, to stare, to look, a stare, a look. Poortith, poverty.
| Prie'd, fasted.
Quean, à comely lass. Bing, a heap of grain, potatoes, etc. Gowk, a cuckoo, a term of contempt. Quey, a cow from one to two years old. Birk, birch Graining. groaning.
Rant, to live extravagantly. Birkie, a clever fellow.
Graip, a pronged instrument for clean- Raught, reached Blashy, deluging.
Rede, counsel, to counsel.
Runt, the stem of colewort or cabbage. Bock, to vomit, to gush intermittently. Grousome, repulsively grim.
Scar, a cliff.
Scand, to scald.
Shaw, to show, small wood in a hollow, Bow't, bended, crooked.
Haffet, the temple, the side of the head. Sheep-shank, to think one's self nae Brattle, a short race, hu
Hag, a scar, or gulfin mosses and moors.) sheep-shank, to be conceited.
Shiel, a shed.
(thought. Skaith, harm. Bughtin-time, the time of collecting Haivers, nonsense, speaking without Skelp, to strike, to slap, to walk with
the sheep in the pens to be milked. Hallan, a particular partition-wall in a smart tripping step, a smart stroke. Burn, water, a rivulet.
a cottage, or more properly a seat of Skirl, to shriek, to cry shrilly. Buskie, bushy.
turf at the outside.
Sowp, a spoonful, a small quantity of Butan' ben, house of kitchen and room. Hap, an outer garment, mantle, plaid, anything liquid.
(whistle. Byre, a cow-stable, a sheep-pen.
etc.; to wrap, to cover, to hop. Sowth, to try over a tune with a low Caller, fresh, sound, refreshing. Haurl, to drag, to peel.
Spaviet, having the spavin. Canie or Cannie, gentle, dexterous. Haverel, a half-witted person, half. Speat or Spate, a sweeping torrent Cantie or Canty, cheerful, merry.
white face. after rain or thaw. Caudron, a caldron.
Hawkie, a cow, properly one with a Spier, to ask, to inquire. Chiel or Cheel, a young fellow. Heather, heath.
Sprattle, to scrambie. Chittering, shivering, trembling. Hecht, promised, foretold.
Staumrel, a blockhead, half-witted. Claivers, nonsense, not s:nse. Heugh, a crag, a coalpit.
Staw, did steal, to surfeit. Clishmaclarer, idle conversation. Hilch, a hobble, to halt.
Steek, to shut, a stitch. Coof, a blockhead, ninny. [fits, Hilchin, halting.
Stilt, a crutch, to halt, to limp. Cookit, appeared and disappeared by Histie, barren.
Stock, a plant or root of colewort, Core, Corps, party, clan. | Hool, outer skin or case, a nut-shell. cabbage, etc.
(in motion. Cotter, the inhabitant of a cot-house. Hoord, a hoard, to hoard.
Stoure, dust, more particularly dust Couthie, kind, loving.
Howms, low level ground by the banks Strunt, spirituous liquor of any kind, Crap, a crop, to crop.
of a stream.
to walk'sturdily, huff, sullenness. Croon, a hollow and continued moan. | Hoyte, to amble crazily.
Sugh, the continued rushing noise of
wind or water.
Sumphs, blo kheads.
Swirlie, knaggie, full of knots.
Syne, since, ago, then.
Tarrow, to murmur at one's allowance.
Tent, a field-pulpit, heed, caution, to Diced, tied.
Kirn, the harvest supper, a churn. heed, to tend or herd cattle. Dight, to wipe, to clean corn from chaff. | Kittlin, a kitten.
Thack, thatch; thack and rape, clothDoited, stupid, dull. Kuttling, cuddling.
ing, necessaries. Dorty, saucy, nice. K nowe, a small round hillock.
Thowe, a thaw, to thaw, Dosens, becomes smaller.
kythe, to discover, to show one's self. Tint the gate, lost the way. Doure, stout, durable, sullen, stubborn. Laithfu', bashful, sheepish.
Tooly, to caress. Draigle, to soil by trailing.
| Lane, lone; my lane, thy lane, etc. Tormond, a twelvemonth. Drumly, muddy.
Lave, the rest, the remainder, the Trig, spruce, neat. Drunt, pet, sour humour.
l'ogue, esteem, reputation. Eerie, frighted, dreading spirits. Lea-rig, grassy ridge.
l'abster, a weaver.
Wair, to lay out, to expend.
| W'ale, choice, to choose. Fash, trouble, care, to trouble. Linn, a waterfall, a precipice.
Wean or Ileanie, a child. Faulding, folding.
Lint, flax; Lint i' the beil, flax in the IVecht, a corn-basket. Feat, neat, spruce.
W'ici, a small whirlpool.
l'implot, meandered. Ferlie, to wonder, a wonder.
Lunt, a column of. oke, to smoke. Wimplin', waving, meandering. Fier, sound, healthy, a brother, friend. | Maik, match, or equal.
i Wint, winded as a bottom of yarn. Fley, to scare, to frighten. | Mows, jest.
Wintle, a staggering motion ; to stag. Forfairn, distressed, worn out. Mense, 90:-anners, decorum.
ger, to reel. Forfoughten, fatigued. (pertly, Vieve, ti
I'inse, an oath. Gab, the mouth, to speak boldly or | Nowté, blach tle.
Il'izen'd, hide-bound, dried, shrunk, Gashin, conversing. Orp, to fret.
W'ooer-bab, the garter-knot below the Gear, riches, goods of any kind. Tourie, shivering, drooping.
I knee with a couple of loops.
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