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O fortunatos nimium, sua si bona norunt
SUBJECT OF THE FARMER'S HA'.
Convening of the Servants in the evening, Harvest being pre
viously finished... The various operations going on... The Auld Gudewife; her thrifty superintendence...The Tailor... The Dog and Cat... The Song and Tales... The Chapman...The Gauger... The Beggars... The return of John from the Smithy. His news...Wars and Weddings... The Gudeman appears... Silence ensues...He gives orders about meating the Horse and next day's work...Then comes the Supper ; merry chatting after it... Lastly, bed-time, and rising in the morning,
THE FARMER'S HA'.
Thus jocund fleets with them the winter's night.
In winter nights, whae'er has seen
And heart enamour,
That houff o'clamour.
Whan stately stacks are tightly theekit,
For his lang hame,
Than I can name.
That halesome wark ;
Like city spark.
They a' drive to the ingle cheek,
To gi'e them tune,
To mend their shoon.
They mak' great rackets, And set about their heels wi' rails
O clinkin tackets.
He spent the night :
A pridefu' wight.
And bows like wand;
Wi' tenty hand.
VIII. The carlin', ay for spinnin bent, Tells them right aft, they've fa'en ahent, And that the day is e'en far spent ;
Reminds ilk hussey, And 66 Ye'll no mak' out your stent,
IX. Tib braks, wi' haste, her foot-broad latch ; Megs lights the crusy wi' a match, Auld luckie bids her mak' dispatch,
And girdle heat, For she maun yet put out a batch
O' bear and ait.
That stays the ben'.
A cauld neglect :
Luve or respect.