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IX. MISCELLANEOUS
299
How foolish, or worse, till our summit is gain'd !
And downward, how weaken'd, how darken'd, how pain'd !
Life is not worth having with all it can giveó
For something beyond it poor man, sure, must live.
No. 319. Ken ye ought o' Captain Grose ?
Tune: Sir John Malcolm Scots Musical Museum, 1796, No. 455.
Ken ye ought o' Captain Grose? Igo and ago,
If he's among his friends or foes ? Iram, coram, dago.
Is he south, or is he north? Igo and ago,
Or drowned in the river Forth? Iram, coram, dago.
Is he slain by Hielan' bodies? Igo and ago,
And eaten like a wether haggis? Iram, coram, dago.
Is he to Abra'm's bosom gane ? Igo and ago,
Or haudin Sarah by the wame ? Iram, coram, dago.
Where'er he be, the Lord be near him ! Igo and ago, As for the deil, he daurna steer him ! Iram, coram, dago. But please transmit th' enclosed letter, Igo and ago, Which will oblige your humble debtor, Iram, coram, dago.
So may ye hae auld stanes in store, Igo and ago, The very stanes that Adam bore, Iram, coram, dago. So may ye get in glad possession, Igo and ago, The coins 0' Satan's coronation ! Iram, coram, dago.