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A Prelate he loups on before,
A Catholic behin',
But gi'e me a Cameronian,
He f——s a body blin'.

For tillin'. etc.


Tune—"John Anderson, my jo."

This fragment is attributed to Burns. In a letter to Samuel Brown, Ballochneil, Kirkoswald (his mother's half-brother), dated May, 1788, he refers to the "Ailsa fowling season," and asks him to procure for him "three or four stones of feathers."

My auntie Jean held to the shore,
As Ailsa boats cam' back;
And she has coft a feather bed
For twenty and a plack;
And in it she wan fifty mark,
Before a towmond sped;
O! what a noble bargain
Was auntie Jeanie's bed.


Tune—"John Anderson, my jo."

This is an old fragment.

Our gudewife's sae modest.
When she is set at meat,
A laverock's leg, or a tittling's wing,
Is mair than she can eat;
But, when she's in her bed at e'en,
Between me and the wa';
She is a glutton deevil.
She swallows c—ds and a'.