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DEDICATION.

TO THE

NOBLEMEN AND GENTLEMEN

OF THE

CALEDONIAN HUNT

MY LORDS AND GENTLEMEN, A SCOTTISHI Bard, proud of the name, and whose highest ambition is to fing in his Country's service, where shall he so properly look for patronage as to the illustrious Names of his Native Land; thofe who bear the honcurs and inherit the virtues of their

Ancestors ?

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Ancestors ? ---The Poetic Genius of my Country found me as the prophetic bard Elijah did Elisa--at the plough; and threw her inspiring mantle over me. She bade me hng the loves, the joys, the rural scenes and rural pleasures of my natal Soil, in my native tongue : I tuned my wild, artless notes, as the inspired---She whispered me, to come to this ancient metropolis of Caledonia, and lay my Songs under your diftion: I 110w obey her diftates,

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Though much indebted to your goodness, I do not approach yout, my Lords and Gentleonen, in the usual file of dedication, to thank yor! for past favours ; that path is so hackneyed by prostituted Learning, that honest Rufticity is afhamed of it.-Nor do I present this Address with the venal foul of a fer-vile Author, looking for a continuation of thoje favours: I was bred to the Plough, and am indipendent,

I come to claim the

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