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V. BACCHANALIAN AND SOCIAL
217
Come, bumpers high ! express your joy !
The bowl we maun renew it— The tappet-hen, gae bring her ben,
To welcome Willie Stewart!
May foes be Strang, and friends be slack !
Ilk action may he rue it; May woman on him turn her back,
That wrangs thee, Willie Stewart!
No. 244. Contented wi little and canty wi tnair.
Tune : Lumps of Pudding.
Durfey's Pills, 1720, vi. p. 300.
Contented wi' little and cantie wi' mair, Whene'er I forgather wi' sorrow and care, I gie them a skelp as they're creepin alang, Wi' a cog o' guid swats and an auld Scottish sang.
I whyles. claw the elbow o' troublesome thought;
But man is a soger, and life is a faught;
My mirth and guid humour are coin in my pouch,
And my freedom's my lairdship nae monarch daur touch.
A towmond o' trouble, should that be my fa', A night o' guid fellowship sowthers it a' : When at the blythe end o' our journey at last, Wha the deil ever thinks o' the road he has past!
Blind Chance, let her snapper and stoyte on her way, Be't to me, be't frae me, e'en let the jade gae! Come ease or come travail, come pleasure or pain, My warst word is :—' Welcome, and welcome again !'






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