First in the Garden is a Raw
First in the garden is a raw
Of elder bushes fit to blaw,
A bed o' balm, and a bed o' mint,
A broken pot, and flowers in't.
A currant bush and a codlin tree,
A little rue and rosemarie;
A row or twa o' beans and peas,
A guinea-hen and a hive o' bees;
A mufty tufty bantam cock,
A garden gate without a lock;
A dial cut upon a stone,
A wooden bench to sit upon.
The house is neat, and pretty squat,
It's safer in the storm for that.
A looking window through the latch,
A broken door and a wooden catch;
And for the knocker there is a foot
Of poor dead Pompey tied to't,
So that they may remember him,
Whenever they go out and in.
Chambers PRS (1847), 289; (1870), 158; Scottified in
Montgomerie SNR (1946), 56 (no. 52).