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8                TONE-POETRY OF ROBERT BURNS
No. 9. O, leave novels, ye Mauchline belles.
Tune: Ye Mauchline belles, Scots Musical Museum, 1803, No. 573.
O, leave novels, ye Mauchline belles, Ye're safer at your spinning-wheel!
Such witching books are baited hooks For rakish rooks like Rob Mossgiel.
Your fine Tom Jones and Grandisons They make your youthful fancies reel;
They heat your brains, and fire your veins, And then you're prey for Rob Mossgiel.
Beware a tongue that's smoothly hung, A heart that warmly seems to feel;
That feeling heart but acts a partó 'Tis rakish art in Rob Mossgiel.
The frank address, the soft caress,
Are worse than poisoned darts of steel;
The frank address, and politesse, Are all finesse in Rob Mossgiel.
* An 8ve lower in original.