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To ilka lovely BRITISH Lass,
OUR moft humble slave,
Wha ne'er to serve youshall decline, Kneeling, wad your acceptance crave,
When he presents th:s Ima' propine.
Then take it kindly to your care,
Revive it with your tunefư' notes : Its beauties will look sweet and fair, Arising faftly through your throats.
vi D E DI CA TI O N. The wanton wee thing will rejoice,
When tented by a sparkling eye,
It lying on her lovely knee.
Or clashes stay the lazy_lass ;
And gayly vacant minutes pass.
E'en while the tea's fill'd reeking round,
Rather than plot a tender tongue, Treat a' the circling lugs wi' sound, Syne safely fip when
May happiness had up your hearts,
And warm you lang with loving fires : May pow’rs propitious play their parts,
In matching you to your desires.
EDINBURGH, January 1, 1724.
LTHO’it be acknowledred, that our Scots tunes have not lengthened variety of musick, yet they have an agreeable gaiely and na.
tural sweetness, that make them acceptable wherever they are known, not only among ourselves, but in other countries. Tbey are for the most part so clearful, that on hearing them well play'd or fung, we find a difficulty to keep ourselves from dancing. What further adds to ibe esteem we have for them, is, their antiquity, and their being universelly known. Mankind's love for novelty would appear to contradiet this reason ; but will not, when we consider, that for one that can tolerably entertain with vocal or instrumental mufick, there are fifty that content ihemselves with the pleasure of bearing, and singing without the trouble of being taught : Now, such are not judges of the fine flourishes of new musick imported from Italy and elsewhere, yet will A 4
listen with pleasure to tunes that they know. and
MY being well assured, how acceptable new
thirty more were done by fome ingenious young F
gentlemen, who were so well pleased with my
THIS eleventh edition in a few years, and