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D E DICA TI O N.
To ilka lovely BRITISH lass,
Frae Ladies Charlotte, Anne and Jean, Down to ilk bonny singing Bess,
Wha Dances barefoot on the green.
Wha ne'er to serve you shall decline,
When he presents this sma' propine.
Then take it kindly to your care,
Revive it with your tunefu' notes: Its beauties will look sweet and fair,
Arising faftly through your throats..
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 Itay the lazy lass;
And gayly vacant minutes pafs.
E'en while the tea's fill'd reeking round,
Rather than plot a tender tongue, Treat a'the circling lugs wi' found,
Syne safely fip when ye have sung.
May inappiness had up your hearts,
And warm you lang with loving fires : May pow'rs propitious play their parts,
In matching you to your desires.
LTHO’ it be acknowledged, that our
Scots tunes have not lengthened variety of music, yet they have an agreeable gaiety and natural sweetness, that make them acceptable wherever they are known, not only among ourselves, but in other countries. They are for the most part fo chearful, that on, hearing them well play'd or fung, we find a difficulty to keep ourselves from dancing. What further adds to the esteem we have for. them, is, their antiquity, and their being univerfally known. Mankind's love for novel-. ty would appear to contradict this reason; but will not, when we consider, that for one that can tolerably entertain with vocal or inastrumental music, there are fifty that content themselves with the pleasure of hearing, and singing without the trouble of being taught : now, such are not judges of the fine flourishes : of new music imported from Italy and elfewhere, yet will Jisten with pleafure 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 soft thoughts, after the poet has dressed them in four or five