Certain Curious Poems Written at the Close of the XVIIth and Beginning of the XVIIIth Century: On a Variety of Subjects, Local and Political

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J. Neilson, 1828 - Scottish poetry - 42 pages
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Page 3 - It was not cruelty but right reasone, To stop yr mouthes from speaking treasoun, Least these poor men, soe neer to die, Should goe to grave even with a lie. In yr right hand, and...
Page vi - Of this gentleman's merits, as a poet, little can be said. The period when he lived was peculiarly barren, so far as regards Scotland, in names of poetic celebrity ; and, it is not believed, that the name of M'Alpie, though it swell the catalogue of small versifyers of that age.
Page vii - They were written on loose scraps of paper, and, in some instances, on the backs 'of drafts of official documents. In the same bundle, but in a different hand-writing, was found the piece entitled
Page vi - M'Alpie, though it swell the catalogue of small versifyers of that age. will do any thing to redeem its dulness. His pieces are chiefly of a local, or political nature. The allusions in the first are too obscure, and insignificant, to be now understood ; and, the interest of the other has faded with the memory of the events in which they originated. He appears to have been a firm and consistent Jacobite. Some lines he has written, possess considerable vigour; others are' * Crawford's History of Renfrewshire,...
Page 9 - Lewneing downe, By whatsoever art or means, In Country or in Towne. Instade of thanks for these your p[ains,] Take heed ye catch noe fall, And doe bring one your pate wpon, The curses of ws all. INSTADE OF RENDRING THANKS TO GOD. 5th October 1704. INSTADE of rendring thanks to God, For our late victorie, They turnd it for to rouse the mob Against old Frelacie.
Page 14 - ... purpose our frailty to descry, That efterwards to Laff att us ye may. You are beguiled to think our sex are pleased With empty words, you to yourself surrmisd. To come to you would surely scandle prove ; Before ye can enjoy [us], ye must move A.nd roose y™ drouping soule, y* seems bot mean : Y" sluggish lingring shows ye are not keen, For if ye were, as ye pretend, soe kind, Ye would be often here, Bodie and Mind. For who eer truly love, noe distance can Keep him from her (as you have been)...
Page 1 - The Lawes made then causd many dye, Yett, judges and sysers were not free ; He y* to them did these delate, The greater count he hes to make, Yett nae excuse to them can be Att ten condemnd, and two to die, Soe cruell did...
Page 2 - Would tane his head off from his shoulder. Asyssers never are to blame, When cleer probatione proves the cryme. Bot he that did these men delate, I count a Villaine and a cheat, And should repent if he be liveing, Or else he'll never be forgiven. The tyme was short I dont deney, Bot they y* Soveraigne power defy, Most be cutt off like corrupt member, Least y* the body all should ganger.
Page 10 - Those Pharisees they doe profess, Great Scripturalists to be, Yet they'r bot Guessers att the best, As we oft clearly sie. Yet they with confidence aver, And say with one accord, Befor the congregatione all, That thus sayes the Lord. The nature of ane Fast declair What Thanksgiveing should be, Distinguished in the sacred word, As all may clearly sie. For even in Fasts we are not cald Our souls for to aflict, Nor yet our Bodies to bow doune, For sins that they comitt. Bot be compassionat to the poor,...
Page 10 - Guessers att the best, As we oft clearly sie. Yet they with confidence aver, And say with one accord, Befor the congregatione all, That thus sayes the Lord. The nature of ane Fast declair What Thanksgiveing should be, Distinguished in the sacred word, As all may clearly sie. For even in Fasts we are not cald Our souls for to aflict, Nor yet our Bodies to bow doune, For sins that they comitt. Bot be compassionat to the poor, And mercy furth extend, To all in misery y* be, Off such as God ws send....

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