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Famous Ance Poems by Famous Poets

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by Burns, Robert and Applecross were right
To keep the Highland hounds in sight:
I doubt na! they wad bid nae better,
Than let them ance out owre the water,
Then up among thae lakes and seas,
They’ll mak what rules and laws they please:
Some daring Hancocke, or a Franklin,
May set their Highland bluid a-ranklin;
Some Washington again may head them,
Or some Montgomery, fearless, lead them,
Till (God knows what may be effected
When by such heads and hearts directed),
Poor dunghill sons of ...Read More

by Burns, Robert
...he should be.

 I readily and freely grant,
He downa see a poor man want;
What’s no his ain, he winna tak it;
What ance he says, he winna break it;
Ought he can lend he’ll no refus’t,
Till aft his guidness is abus’d;
And rascals whiles that do him wrang,
Ev’n that, he does na mind it lang;
As master, landlord, husband, father,
He does na fail his part in either.

 But then, nae thanks to him for a’that;
Nae godly symptom ye can ca’ that;
It’s naething but a milder f...Read More

by Burns, Robert
...h mien,
He, down the water, gies him this guid-e’en:—

AULD BRIG“I doubt na, frien’, ye’ll think ye’re nae sheepshank,
Ance ye were streekit owre frae bank to bank!
But gin ye be a brig as auld as me—
Tho’ faith, that date, I doubt, ye’ll never see—
There’ll be, if that day come, I’ll wad a boddle,
Some fewer whigmaleeries in your noddle.”

NEW BRIG “Auld Vandal! ye but show your little mense,
Just much about it wi’ your scanty sense:
Will your poor, narrow foot-path of...Read More

by Burns, Robert the jads a clearin
 In fair play yet.

My loss I mourn, but not repent it;
I’ll seek my pursie whare I tint it;
Ance to the Indies I were wonted,
 Some cantraip hour
By some sweet elf I’ll yet be dinted;
 Then vive l’amour!

Faites mes baissemains respectueuses,
To sentimental sister Susie,
And honest Lucky; no to roose you,
 Ye may be proud,
That sic a couple Fate allows ye,
 To grace your blood.

Nae mair at present can I measure,
An’ trowth my rhymin ware’s n...Read More

by Burns, Robert
...AULD chuckie Reekie’s 1 sair distrest,
Down droops her ance weel burnish’d crest,
Nae joy her bonie buskit nest
 Can yield ava,
Her darling bird that she lo’es best—
 Willie’s awa!

O Willie was a witty wight,
And had o’ things an unco’ sleight,
Auld Reekie aye he keepit tight,
 And trig an’ braw:
But now they’ll busk her like a fright,—
 Willie’s awa!

The stiffest o’ them a’ he bow’d,
The bauldest o’ them a’...Read More

by Burns, Robert
 To crush common-sense for her sins;
If ill-manners were wit, there’s no mortal so fit
 To confound the poor Doctor at ance,
Muirland Jock! 14 To confound the poor Doctor at ance.

Andro Gowk! Andro Gowk, ye may slander the Book,
 An’ the Book nought the waur, let me tell ye;
Tho’ ye’re rich, an’ look big, yet, lay by hat an’ wig,
 An’ ye’ll hae a calf’s-had o’ sma’ value,
Andro Gowk! 15 Ye’ll hae a calf’s head o’ sma value.

Daddy Auld! daddy Auld, there’a a tod i...Read More

by Burns, Robert
...d thin;
But now she’s floating down the Nith,
 And wanting even the skin.

Peg Nicholson was a good bay mare,
 And ance she bore a priest;
But now she’s floating down the Nith,
 For Solway fish a feast.

Peg Nicholson was a good bay mare,
 An’ the priest he rode her sair;
And much oppress’d and bruis’d she was,
 As priest-rid cattle are,—&c. &c....Read More

by Burns, Robert
...and hand admonish’d,
She ventur’d forward on the light;
And, wow! Tam saw an unco sight!

 Warlocks and witches in a dance:
Nae cotillon, brent new frae France,
But hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys, and reels,
Put life and mettle in their heels.
A winnock-bunker in the east,
There sat auld Nick, in shape o’ beast;
A towzie tyke, black, grim, and large,
To gie them music was his charge:
He screw’d the pipes and gart them skirl,
Till roof and rafters a’ did dirl.—
Coffins...Read More

by Burns, Robert
...ry lang—
 Take pity on a sodger.”

Sae wistfully she gaz’d on me,
 And lovelier was than ever;
Quo’ she, “A sodger ance I lo’ed,
 Forget him shall I never:
Our humble cot, and hamely fare,
 Ye freely shall partake it;
That gallant badge-the dear cockade,
 Ye’re welcome for the sake o’t.”

She gaz’d—she redden’d like a rose—
 Syne pale like only lily;
She sank within my arms, and cried,
 “Art thou my ain dear Willie?”
“By him who made yon sun and sky!
 By whom true l...Read More

by Burns, Robert
...m promis’d mair o’t,
My hale and wee, I’ll tak a care o’t,
 A tentier way;
Then farewell folly, hide and hair o’t,
 For ance and aye!...Read More

by Burns, Robert
 Or lasses that hae naething!
Sma’ need has he to say a grace,
 Or melvie his braw claithing!
O wives, be mindfu’ ance yoursel’
 How bonie lads ye wanted;
An’ dinna for a kebbuck-heel
 Let lasses be affronted
 On sic a day!

Now Clinkumbell, wi’ rattlin tow,
 Begins to jow an’ croon;
Some swagger hame the best they dow,
 Some wait the afternoon.
At slaps the billies halt a blink,
 Till lasses strip their shoon:
Wi’ faith an’ hope, an’ love an’ drink,
 They’re a’ in...Read More

by Burns, Robert
...UPON that night, when fairies light
 On Cassilis Downans 2 dance,
Or owre the lays, in splendid blaze,
 On sprightly coursers prance;
Or for Colean the rout is ta’en,
 Beneath the moon’s pale beams;
There, up the Cove, 3 to stray an’ rove,
 Amang the rocks and streams
 To sport that night;

Amang the bonie winding banks,
 Where Doon rins, wimplin, clear;
Where Bruce 4 ance rul’d the martial ranks,
 An’ shook his Car...Read More

by Burns, Robert
...uld venture my neck;
 A hizzie’s the half of my craft;
But what could ye other expect
 Of ane that’s avowedly daft?

I ance was tied up like a stirk,
 For civilly swearing and quaffin;
I ance was abus’d i’ the kirk,
 For towsing a lass i’ my daffin.

Poor Andrew that tumbles for sport,
 Let naebody name wi’ a jeer;
There’s even, I’m tauld, i’ the Court
 A tumbler ca’d the Premier.

Observ’d ye yon reverend lad
 Mak faces to tickle the mob;
He rails at our mounteban...Read More

by Burns, Robert
...rious face,
 They, round the ingle, form a circle wide;
The sire turns o’er, with patriarchal grace,
 The big ha’bible, ance his father’s pride:
 His bonnet rev’rently is laid aside,
His lyart haffets wearing thin and bare;
 Those strains that once did sweet in Zion glide,
He wales a portion with judicious care;
And “Let us worship God!” he says with solemn air.

They chant their artless notes in simple guise,
 They tune their hearts, by far the noblest aim;
Perhaps Dund...Read More

by Burns, Robert
...’s a daisie,
I’ve seen thee dappl’t, sleek an’ glaizie,
 A bonie gray:
He should been tight that daur’t to raize thee,
 Ance in a day.

Thou ance was i’ the foremost rank,
A filly buirdly, steeve, an’ swank;
An’ set weel down a shapely shank,
 As e’er tread yird;
An’ could hae flown out-owre a stank,
 Like ony bird.

It’s now some nine-an’-twenty year,
Sin’ thou was my guid-father’s mear;
He gied me thee, o’ tocher clear,
 An’ fifty mark;
Tho’ it was sma’, ’twas wee...Read More

by Burns, Robert Coil,
Upon a bonie day in June,
When wearin’ thro’ the afternoon,
Twa dogs, that were na thrang at hame,
Forgather’d ance upon a time.
 The first I’ll name, they ca’d him Caesar,
Was keepit for His Honor’s pleasure:
His hair, his size, his mouth, his lugs,
Shew’d he was nane o’ Scotland’s dogs;
But whalpit some place far abroad,
Whare sailors gang to fish for cod.
 His locked, letter’d, braw brass collar
Shew’d him the gentleman an’ scholar;
But though he was o’ hi...Read More

by Burns, Robert
...never mair do guid,
 Play’d her that pliskie!)
An’ now she’s like to rin red-wud
 About her whisky.

An’ Lord! if ance they pit her till’t,
Her tartan petticoat she’ll kilt,
An’durk an’ pistol at her belt,
 She’ll tak the streets,
An’ rin her whittle to the hilt,
 I’ the first she meets!

For God sake, sirs! then speak her fair,
An’ straik her cannie wi’ the hair,
An’ to the muckle house repair,
 Wi’ instant speed,
An’ strive, wi’ a’ your wit an’ lear,
 To get remead.<...Read More

by Burns, Robert
...enchanted fairy-land,
Where Pleasure is the magic-wand,
 That, wielded right,
Maks hours like minutes, hand in hand,
 Dance by fu’ light.

The magic-wand then let us wield;
For ance that five-an’-forty’s speel’d,
See, crazy, weary, joyless eild,
 Wi’ wrinkl’d face,
Comes hostin, hirplin owre the field,
 We’ creepin pace.

When ance life’s day draws near the gloamin,
Then fareweel vacant, careless roamin;
An’ fareweel cheerfu’ tankards foamin,
 An’ social noise:
An’...Read More

by Burns, Robert
...t aft has borne me hame frae Killie. 2
An’ your auld borough mony a time
In days when riding was nae crime.
But ance, when in my wooing pride
I, like a blockhead, boost to ride,
The wilfu’ creature sae I pat to,
(L—d pardon a’ my sins, an’ that too!)
I play’d my fillie sic a shavie,
She’s a’ bedevil’d wi’ the spavie.
My furr-ahin ’s a wordy beast,
As e’er in tug or tow was traced.
The fourth’s a Highland Donald hastle,
A d—n’d red-wud Kilburnie blastie!
Foreby...Read More

by Burns, Robert
...eel and hand admonished,
She ventured forward on the light;
And, wow! Tam saw an unco sight!
Warlocks and witches in a dance;
Nae cotillion, brent new frae France,
But hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys, and reels,
Put life and mettle in their heels.
A winnock-bunker in the east,
There sat auld Nick, in shape o' beast;
A towzie tyke, black, grim, and large,
To gie them music was his charge:
He screwed the pipes and gart them skirl,
Till roof and rafters a' did dirl.— 
Coffi...Read More

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