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But cheerful still, I am as well as a monarch in a palace, O
Tho' fortune's frown still hunts me down, with all her wonted malice; O
I make indeed my daily bread, but ne'er can make it farther; O
But as daily bread is all I need, I do not much regard her, O.
When sometimes by my labor I earn a little money, 0 Some unforeseen misfortune comes gen'rally upon me; 0
Mischance, mistake, or by neglect, or my good-natur'd folly; O
But come what will, I've sworn it still, I'll ne'er be melancholy, O.
you who follow wealth and power, with unremitting ardor, O
The more in this you look for bliss, you leave your view the farther; O
the wealth Potosi boasts, or nations to adore
Had you you, O
A cheerful honest-hearted clown I will prefer before you, O.
THE AULD FARMER'S NEW-YEAR MORNING SALUTATION TO HIS AULD MARE, MAGGIE,
ON GIVING HER THE ACCUSTOMED RIPP OF CORN TO HANSEL IN THE NEW YEAR
A GUID New-Year I wish thee, Maggie!
Tho' now thou's dowie, stiff, an' crazy,
He should been tight that daur't to raize thee,
Thou ance was i' the foremost rank,
An' could hae flown out-owre a stank, Like ony bird.
It's now some nine-an'-twenty year,
Tho' it was sma', 'twas weel-won gear,
When first I gaed to woo my Jenny, Ye then was trottin wi' your minnie: Tho' ye was trickie, slee, an' funnie, Ye ne'er was donsie; But hamely, tawie, quiet, an' cannie, An unco sonsie.
That day, ye pranc'd wi' muckle pride,
Tho' now ye dow but hoyte and hoble An' wintle like a saumont-coble,
That day ye was a jinker noble
An' ran them till they a' did wauble,
When thou an' I were young and skeigh,
Town's-bodies ran, and stood abeigh,
When thou was corn't, an' I was mellow,
But ev'ry tail thou pay't them hollow,
The sma', droop-rumpl't, hunter cattle,
Nae whip nor spur, but just a wattle
Thou was a noble fittie-lan',
As e'er in tug or tow was drawn !
Aft thee an' I, in aught hours gaun,
Thou never braindg't, an' fetch't, an' fliskit,
Till spritty knowes wad rair't and riskit,
When frosts lay lang, an' snaws were deep,
In cart or car thou never reestit;