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As was of Wowers, as I wene,
At Chrysts-Kirk on a Day;
In new Kirtills of Gray,
At Chryst-Kirk of the Grene that Day.
Thir Lasses licht of Laits :
Thair Gluvis war of the Raffell richt,
Thair Shune war of the Straits;
Weil prest with mony Plaits :
They squeilt lyke ony Gaits,
Danss, Fenss, Glanss, Dance, Fence, Glance. The ss us'd for the ce often in such Words.
Dicht, Licht, Richt, &c. Dight, Light, Right. The ch in such Words always us'd in Place of the gh.
Gluvis, Lufe, Haif, &c. Gloves, Love, Have. The f and v indifferently Fade use of in those and the like Words.
Shine, Mune, Sune, &c. Shoon (or Shoes), Moon, Soon, the double og rever found in such Words. Sometimes they are spell'd, Sone, Mone ; ut in those, as in many others, we have endeavour'a to fix the Ortho. raphy to the most frequent Manner.
Was nane sae jimp as Gillie :
Her Lyre was lyke the Lillie.
But scho of Lufe sae silly,
Scho wald haif but sweit Willie
Scho skornit Jok and skrapit at him,
And murgeont him with Mokks,
For all his zellow Lokks.
Well, Deid, Heid, Meid, &c. Well, Dead, Head, Mead. The Diphthong e us'd in many such Words as now require e, ea and ee.
Sae, Wae, Mae, Nane, Wald, &C. So, Wo, Moe, None, Would. The a and ae in place of O and oe, except in those Words, Ony, Mony, which are the reverse.
Nyss, Wyss, Byt, Hyd; Myld, Lyk, &c. Nice, Wise, Bite, Hide, Mild, Like. Our not sounding the t as the English do, accounts very well for our Elders spelling all words with a y of such a sound.
He chereist bir, scho bad gae chat him,
Scho compt him not twa Clokks :
His Limms wer lyk twa Rokks,
THOM LUTAR was thair Menstral meit,
O Lord ! as he coud lanss :
Quhyle Towsie tuke a Transs.
And counterfittet Franss ;
And up tuke Moreis Danss,
Sang, Lang, Band, Thrang, &c. Song, Long, Bond, Throng, the a is us'a in place of O.
Tuke, Blude, Gude, Luke, Fule, Shute, &c. Took, Blood, Good, Look, Fool, Shoot.
Quhyle, Quhat, Quho, Quhyt, &c. While, What, Who, White. The qu is always us'd for the German w, when an h immediately follows. See Mr. Ruddiman's Glossary to Guvin Douglas's Virgil.
Auld, Bauld, &c. Old, Bold. Here in many such Words the Scots spell with au in Place of the English 0.
Nae Rynk micht him arreist :
For Mald he maid Requeist.
But rysand was sae preist,
For honour of the Feist,
Stepand, Rysand, &c. Stepping, Rising; and is frequently the Sign of the Participle of the Present Tense ; sometimes an and in instead of the modern ing.
Stevin, Stepand, Stends, as before, Lasses Licht of Laits, and generally through all, our ancient Bards endeavour to add a delicate and artful Smoothness to their Verse, by a Flow of Words that begin with the same initial Letters. No Poets of any Language ever pursued that Manner so close, or succeeded so well. Dryden and Waller, and some others of our best Moderns, in their Versification, seem to admire that Beauty.
When Man on many multiply'd his Kind.
And, Oh ! how I long my tender Limbs to lay.
One cannot help smiling to hear the Writer of Mr. Waller's Life say, That this way of throwing off a Verse easily was first introduced by him.
SYNE Robene Roy begoud to revell,
And Dawny to him druggit.
And be the Tail him tuggit.
But, Lord, than how they luggit.
I trow that Hair was ruggit
ANE bent a Bow, sic Sturt coud steir him,
Grit Skayth wesd to haif skard him:
The toder said, Dirdum, dardum :
Begoud, Beuk, Clam, Keist, &c. Began, or did begin, did bake, did climb, did cast; our old Authors have a great many of such preterites of Verbs, most of which continue amongst us still.
Toder, Fader, Bruder, Moder, Hider, &C. That other, Father, Brother, Mother, Hither. The d is frequently us'd for th in such Words.