Rural Rhymes and Sketches in East Lothian, by Samuel Mucklebackit

Rural Rhymes and Sketches in East Lothian, by Samuel Mucklebackit

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ... had not been sitting in the flesh straight before me, I would have sworn he was on his death-bed, and howling for mercy to the ghosts of all the tunes he had murdered in his day. After this cart-wheel-wanting-grease squeak was over, I coaxed our host upon his end to give us a song as he had been guzzling toddy and yerping about "Spiritual Freedom" with a Free Church tailor all the evening. After stealing a furtive glance at "Agnes," and seeing that she acquiesced, -the bold old dominie bravely stoitered to the middle of the floor, and in a voice which broke upon our ears like a mingled wail of woe and shout of joy from Bedlam, screamed us off the following "original of his own," anent LINTON LYNN: --We had a wee pownie--we had but ane, An' when that ane crokit--O, we had nane! The siller's sae scarce aye an' hard to win--Dear Meg, what gar't thou dee 1 We draggit her doon to the banks o' Tyne, An' wi' oor gleg gillies we skinn'd her fine; And intil the stream we whammel'd her syne, A feast for troots to be! But that e'enin' a dreidfu' rain set in, Sae the river neist day full spate did rin--An' aff soom'd oor pownie to Linton Lynn, Aboot the hoor o' three. "Murder! a murder--if e'er there was ane!" The fock they a' cried, when, wantin' the skin, They saw the auld pownie skyte ower the Lynn; A ghaistly sicht to see. Syne wi' poles an' muck-hawks they a' did rin, The " murdered manie" to grab oot the Lynn; But nocht but a pownie wantin' the skin Could thae fule bodies see! This funny ballad of the queer funky, cantankerous, and havering, clavering old dominie's was so well received that it met with an encore from the whole company, but the ancient tawse-swasher pled weariness, and promised more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236882075
  • 9781236882073