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Τ Ε Α - Τ Α Β L E
Behold and listen, while the foir
The E LE VENTH EDITION,
of any yet published
L O N D ON:
To ilka lovely British Lafs,
Frae Ladies Charlotte, Anne and Jean, Down to ilk bonny singing Bess,
Wha dances barefoot on the Green,
DEAR L ASSES,
OUR most humble slave,
Wha ne'er to serve youshall decline, Kneeling, Wad your acceprance crave,
When he presents th's Ima' propine.
Then take it kindly to your care,
Revive it with your tunefu' notes i Its beauties will look sweet and fair, Arising faftly through your
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
frae the sowr, 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 lip when ye have sung. May happiness had up your hearts, i
And warm you lang with loving fires : May pow’rs propitious play their parts,
lu matching you to your desires.
EDINBURGH, January 1, 1724.
LTHO’it be acknowledged, that
our Scots tunes have not length, A ened variety of musick, yet they
have an agreeable gaiety and na
tural 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 bearing 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 universally known. Mankind's love for novelly would appear to contradict 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 themselves 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 elsewbere, yet will