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For me! before a Monarch's face,

Ev'n tbere I winna flatter;

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Your King Chip to bespatter ; There's monie waur been o' the Race,

And aiblins ane been better

Than You this day,


'Tis very true, my sov'reign King,

My skill may weel be doubted:

But Facts are cheels that winna ding,

An' downa be disputed:
Your Royal Neft beneath Your wing,

Is e'en right reft an' clouted,




And now the third part of the string,

An' less, will gang about it

Than did ae day.


Far be't frae me that I aspire

To blame your Legislation,

Or say, ye wisdom want, or fire,

To rule this mighty nation;

But, faith! I muckle doubt, my Sire,

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To chaps, wha, in a barn or byre,

Wad better fill'd their station

Than courts yon day.


And onw ye’ve gien auld Britain peace,
Her broken lains to plaister;


Your fair taxation does her fleece,

Till she has scarce a tester:

For me, thank God, my life's a lease,

Nae bargain wearing faster,
Or faith! I fear, that, wi the geese,
I shortly boost to pasture

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I'm no mistrusting Willie Pilt,

When taxes he enlarges, (An' Will's a true guid fallow's Ge!,

A Name not Envy fpairges) That he intends to pay your debt,

An'lefsen a’ your charges; But G-d fake! let nae saving-fit

! Abridge your bonie Barges

An' Boats this day.

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ADIEU my Liege! may Freedom geck

Beneath your high protection ;
An' nay Ye rax Corruption's neck,

And gie her for diffection!
But since I'm here, I'll no neglect,

In loyal, true affection,
To pay your Lucer, with due respect,

My fealty an' subjection.

This great Birth-day.


Hari, Majesty most E.rcellent!

While Nobles strive to please Ye,

Will ye accept a Compliment

A fimple Bardie gies Ye?
Thae bonie Bairntime, Heav'n has lent,

Still higher may they heeze Ye

In bliss, till Fate some day is sent,

For ever to release Ye

Frae Gare that day.


For you, young Potentate o' W

I tell your Highness fairly,
Down Pleasure's stream, wi' swelling fails,

I'm tauld ye’ré driving rarely ;
But some day ye may gnaw your nails,

An' curse your folly fairly,
That e'er ye brak Diana's pales,

Or rattl'd dice wi' Charlie

By night or day.


Yet aft a ragged Cowle's been known

To mak a noble Liver;

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