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· Ay, ay !' quo' he an fhook his head,
.' . It's e'en a lang, lang time indeed • Sin I began to nick the thread,
• Anchoke the breath :
• Folk maun do something for their bread,
An’ sae maun Death.
Sax thousand years are near hand fled
* An epidemical fever was then raging in that country.
This gentleman, Dr Hornbook, is professonally, a brother of the sovereign Order of the Ferula; but, by intuition and inspiration, is at once an Apothecary, Surgeon, and Physician.
.Ye ken Fock Hornbook i' the Clachan,
• Deil mak his king's-hood in a spleuchan ! He's grown fae weel acquaint wi' bucban +
• An' ither chaps,
• The wcans had out their fingers laghin,
. And pouk my hips.
* See here's a scythe, and there's a dart,
* And cursed skill,
Has made them baith no worth a fat,
• Damn'd haet they'll kill! 'Wi' less, I'm sure, I've hundred's llain ;
“ 'Twas but yestreen, nae farther gaen, , . I threw a noble throw at ane;
of Buchan's Domestic Medicine.
« But deil ma-care,
• It just play'd dirl on the bane,
. But did nae mair:
• Hornbcok was by, wi' ready art,
"It was fae blunt,
· Fient haet o't wad hae pierc'd the heart
• Of a kail-runt.
'I DREw my scythe in fic a fury,
* Ev'r them he canna get attended,
in a kail-blade, and send it,
As soon's he smell's'te
* Baith their disease, and what will mend it,
* AND then a' doctors faws and whittles,
Of a' dimensions, shapes, an' mettles, *A' kinds o' boxes, mugs, an' bottles,
He's sure to hae ;
Their Latin names as fast he rattles
* As A B C.
• Calces o' foffils, earths, and trees;
« True Sal-marinum o' the feas ;
* The Farina of beans and pease,
Aquam ' Aqua-fontis, what you please,
• He can content ye.
• FORBYE fome new, uncommon weapons,
• Urinus Spiritus of capons ;
• Distill’d per se ;
•Sal alkali o' Midge-tail-clippings,
• And mony mae.'
• WAES me for Johnny Ged's Hole* now,
Quoth J, . if that thae news be true !
His braw calf-ward where gowans grew,
• Saę white and bonie,
• Nae doubt they'll rive it wi' the plew;
They'll ruin Fobnie!'
* The grave-digger.