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116. On a Scotch Bard gone to the West Indies

 A’ YE wha live by sowps o’ drink,
A’ ye wha live by crambo-clink,
A’ ye wha live and never think,
 Come, mourn wi’ me!
Our billie ’s gien us a’ a jink,
 An’ owre the sea!

Lament him a’ ye rantin core,
Wha dearly like a random splore;
Nae mair he’ll join the merry roar;
 In social key;
For now he’s taen anither shore.
An’ owre the sea! The bonie lasses weel may wiss him, And in their dear petitions place him: The widows, wives, an’ a’ may bless him Wi’ tearfu’ e’e; For weel I wat they’ll sairly miss him That’s owre the sea! O Fortune, they hae room to grumble! Hadst thou taen aff some drowsy bummle, Wha can do nought but fyke an’ fumble, ’Twad been nae plea; But he was gleg as ony wumble, That’s owre the sea! Auld, cantie Kyle may weepers wear, An’ stain them wi’ the saut, saut tear; ’Twill mak her poor auld heart, I fear, In flinders flee: He was her Laureat mony a year, That’s owre the sea! He saw Misfortune’s cauld nor-west Lang mustering up a bitter blast; A jillet brak his heart at last, Ill may she be! So, took a berth afore the mast, An’ owre the sea.
To tremble under Fortune’s cummock, On a scarce a bellyfu’ o’ drummock, Wi’ his proud, independent stomach, Could ill agree; So, row’t his hurdies in a hammock, An’ owre the sea.
He ne’er was gien to great misguidin, Yet coin his pouches wad na bide in; Wi’ him it ne’er was under hiding; He dealt it free: The Muse was a’ that he took pride in, That’s owre the sea.
Jamaica bodies, use him weel, An’ hap him in cozie biel: Ye’ll find him aye a dainty chiel, An’ fou o’ glee: He wad na wrang’d the vera deil, That’s owre the sea.
Farewell, my rhyme-composing billie! Your native soil was right ill-willie; But may ye flourish like a lily, Now bonilie! I’ll toast you in my hindmost gillie, Tho’ owre the sea!

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