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No Churchman Am I

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No Churchman Am I

No Churchman Am I
(Robert Burns)

                         I
No Churchman am I for to rail and to write,
No Statesman nor Soldier to plot or to fight,
No sly Man of business contriving a snare,
For a big-belly'd bottle's the whole of my care.

                         II
 The Peer I don't envy, I give him his bow;
 I scorn not the Peasant, tho' ever so low;
 But a club of good fellows, like those that are here,
 And a bottle like this, are my glory and care.

                         III
 Here passes the Squire on his brother-his horse;
 There Centum per Centum, the Cit with his purse;
 But see you the Crown how it waves in the air,
 There a big-belly'd bottle still eases my care.

                      IV
The wife of my bosom, alas! she did die;
For sweet consolation to church I did fly;
I found that old Solomon proved it fair,
That a big-belly'd bottle's a cure for all care.

                        V
I once was persuaded a venture to make;
A letter inform'd me that all was to wreck;
But the pursy old landlord just waddl'd up stairs
With a glorious bottle that ended my cares.

                        VI
Life's cares they are comforts, a maxim laid down
By the Bard, what d'ye call him, that wore the black gown;
And faith I agree with the old prig to a hair;
For a big-belly'd bottle's a heaven o care.

         A Stanza added in a Masonic Lodge:

Then fill up a bumper and make it o'erflow,
And honours masonic prepare for to throw;
May every true brother of th' compass and square
Have a big belly'd bottle when harassd with care.

In III, the crown refers to a tavern sign in Mauchline, sporting the motto
of Sir J Whiteford's arms, "D'en Haut".
In VI, opening quote from Young's Night Thoughts.

Tune: Prepare, my dear brethern, to the tavern let's fly (27)
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