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SAE mony Theivs and Murderers weil kend,
Sae grit Releivs of Lords them till deffend,
Because they spend the Pelf them betwene,
Sae few till wend this Mischeif till amend,
Within, &c.


THIS to correct, they fhore with mony Cracks,
But small the Effect of Speir to bartar Ax,

Quben Courage lacks, that fuld the Corfs mak kein, Sae mony Jacks, and Brats on beggars Baks,

Within, &c,


SIC Vant of Wouftours, with Heart in finful Satures,
Sic brawland Bofters, degenerate frae their Natures,
And fic Regratours, the pure Man to prevene;
Sae mony Traytors, fae mony Rubeators,
Within, &c.

SAE mony Juges, and Lords new made of late.
Sae fmall Refuges, the pure Man to debate ;

Sac mony Estate, for common Weil sae quhene, Owre all the Gate, fae mony Theives fa tait,

Within, &c.


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SAE mony a Sentane retreitit for to win
Geir and Aquentance, or Kyndness of thair Kin;

Thay think nae Sin, quhair Proffit cums betwene Sae mony a Gin, to haist them to the Pin,

Within, &c.


Sic Knavis and Crakkars, to play at Cards and Dyce, Sic Haland-Shakers, quhilk ate Cowkelbys Gryce,

Ar halden of Pryce, when Lymers do convene; Sic Store of Vyce, fac mony Witts unwyfe,

Within, &c.


SAE mony Merchands, fae mony ar menfworne,
Sic pure Tennands, fic curfing Ein and Morn,

Quhilk flays the Corn, and Fruit that grows grene; Sic Skaith and Skorn, fae mony Paitlaits worn, Within, &c.


SAE mony Rachets, fae mony Ketch Pillars,
Sic Balls, fic Nackets, and fic Tutivilaris,

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And fic Ill-willars, to fpeik of King and Quene, Sic Pudding-fillars, defcending doun frae Millars,

Within, c.


SIC Fardingails on Flags as far as Quhails,
Fattit lyk Fouls, with Hatts that nocht avails,

And fic foul Tails, to fweip the Caufy clene,
The Duft up fails, fae mony with uck fails
Within, &c.


SAE mony a Kitty, dreft up in Golden Chenze,
Sae few witty, that weil can Fables fenze,

With apil Renze, ay fhawand her Golden Chene; Of Sathans Senzie fure fic an unfall Menzie

Within this Land was nevir hard nor fene.

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T that I gife, I haif,


It that I fpend, is myne,

It that I leif, I tyne :

Get and faif, and thou falt haif.

It that I len, I craif,

Len and grant, and thou falt want;

Wha in his Plenty taks not Heid,
He fall baif Falt in Tyme of Neid:
When eir I lend.

I am a Friend,

And when I craif,

I am unkind;

my Friend, I mak a Fae,

Thus of
I fhrew me, gif I mair do fae,

A zung Man Chifane, wittles,
A pure Man Spendar, gettles,
Ane auld Man Trechour, ttuthless,
A Woman Lowpar, landless;
Be gude Saint Giel,
Sall nevir ane of thir de weit,

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An EPISTLE to his Mistress on the Force of LUVE.

UHAIR Luve is kendlit comfortless,
Ther is nae Fever half sac fell,


Frae Cupid keift his Dart begefs

I had nae Hap to faif my fell, Lyk as my wofull Heart can tell, My inwart Pains and Siching fair;

For weil I wat the Pains of Hell Unto my Pain can nocht compair.

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