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DEDICATION.

To ilka lovely BRITISH Lass,
Frae Ladies Charlotte, Anne and Jean,
to

Bess,
Wha dances barefoot on the Green.
DE A R L ASSES,

OUR moft humble slave,

Wha ne'er to serve youshall decline, Kneeling, wad your acceptance crave,

When he presents th:s Ima' propine.

Y.

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.

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vi D E DI CA TI O N. The wanton wee thing will rejoice,

When tented by a sparkling eye,
The spinnet tinkling with her voice,

It lying on her lovely knee.
While kettles dringe on ingles dour,

Or clashes stay the lazy_lass ;
Thir sangs may ward you frae the fowr,

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

ye

have sung.

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.

A. RAMSAY.

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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

listen with pleasure to tunes that they know. and
can join with in the chorus. Say that our way
is only an harmonious speaking of merry, witty,
or Jofe thoughts, after the poet bas dress’d
ibem in four or five ftanzas , yet undoubtediy
These must relishi best with people, who have
not bestowed much of their time in acquiring
a tajte for that downright perfęel, musick,
which requires none, or very little of Roet's
abistance.

MY being well assured, how acceptable new
words to known good tunes would prove, the
geged me to the making verses for above sixty
of them, in this and the second volume : about

thirty more were done by fome ingenious young F

gentlemen, who were so well pleased with my
undertaking, that they generously lent me their
affiftance ; and to them the lovers of sense and
mufuk are obliged for some of tbe best songs in
the collektion. The rest are such old verses as
bave been done time out of mind, and only want.
ed to be cleared from the dross of blundering
transcribers and printers ; fucb, as, The Ga.
berlunzie man, Muirland Willy, &c. that
claim their place in our colle&tion, for their
merry images of the low character.

THIS eleventh edition in a few years, and
the general demand for the book by persons of
all ranks, wherever our language is understood,
is a fure evidence of its being acceptable. My

worthy

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