A Fiddler In The North

A Fiddler In The North


1794
Type: Song
Tune: The King o’ France he rade a race.

Amang the trees, where humming bees, 
At buds and flowers were hinging, O, 
Auld Caledon drew out her drone, 
And to her pipe was singing, O: 
‘Twas Pibroch, Sang, Strathspeys, and Reels, 
She dirl’d them aff fu’ clearly, O: 
When there cam’ a yell o’ foreign squeels, 
That dang her tapsalteerie, O. 

Their capon craws an’ queer “ha, ha’s,” 
They made our lugs grow eerie, O; 
The hungry bike did scrape and fyke, 
Till we were wae and weary, O: 
But a royal ghaist, wha ance was cas’d, 
A prisoner, aughteen year awa’, 
He fir’d a Fiddler in the North, 
That dang them tapsalteerie, O.

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A Bard’s Epitaph

A Bard’s Epitaph


1786
Type: Epitaph

Is there a whim-inspired fool, 
Owre fast for thought, owre hot for rule, 
Owre blate to seek, owre proud to snool, 
Let him draw near; 
And owre this grassy heap sing dool, 
And drap a tear. 

Is there a bard of rustic song, 
Who, noteless, steals the crowds among, 
That weekly this area throng, 
O, pass not by! 
But, with a frater-feeling strong, 
Here, heave a sigh. 

Is there a man, whose judgment clear 
Can others teach the course to steer, 
Yet runs, himself, life’s mad career, 
Wild as the wave, 
Here pause-and, thro’ the starting tear, 
Survey this grave. 

The poor inhabitant below 
Was quick to learn the wise to know, 
And keenly felt the friendly glow, 
And softer flame; 
But thoughtless follies laid him low, 
And stain’d his name! 

Reader, attend! whether thy soul 
Soars fancy’s flights beyond the pole, 
Or darkling grubs this earthly hole, 
In low pursuit: 
Know, prudent, cautious, self-control 
Is wisdom’s root. 

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