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And three that belonged to old Sir Thom o' Lyne.

As they went to the ferry, they were very very merry,

And all our men were drinking.

Jack looked at the sun, and cried, Fire, fire, fire!

Tom stabled his keffel in Birkendale mire;
Jem started a calf, and hallooed for a stag;
Will mounted a gate-post instead of his
nag:

For all our men were very very merry,
And all our men were drinking;
There were two men of mine,
Three of thine,
And three that belonged to old Sir Thom
o' Lyne.

As they went to the ferry, they were very very merry,

For all our men were drinking.

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'AS LORDS THEIR LABORERS' HIRE DELAY'

From Chapter ix.

As lords their laborers' hire delay,

Fate quits our toil with hopes to come, Which, if far short of present pay,

Still owns a debt and names a sum.

Quit not the pledge, frail sufferer, then,
Although a distant date be given;
Despair is treason towards man,
And blasphemy to Heaven.

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ADDRESSED TO MONSIEUR ALEXANDRE, THE CELEBRATED VENTRILOQUIST

This M. Alexandre is better known now as M. Alexandre Vattemaire, who initiated a system of international literary exchanges.

'When Monsieur Alexandre, the celebrated ventriloquist, was in Scotland, in 1824, he paid a visit to Abbotsford, where he entertained his distinguished host, and the other Next visitors, with his unrivalled imitations. morning, when he was about to depart, Sir Walter felt a good deal embarrassed, as to the

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"The monument kere mentioned,' says Lockhart, was a leaping-on-stone to which the skill of Scott's master-mason had given the shape of Maida recumbent. It had stood by the gate of Abbotsford a year or more before the dog died.' The Latin was Lockhart's, the English, Sir Walter's, but James Ballantyne, who was an over zealous admirer of his great author, saw the inscription, and when he went back to Edinburgh printed in a newspaper with pride, the Latin verses as Sir Walter's. It happened that Lockhart's inscription had a false quantity januam, but Ballantyne not only did not discover this; his memory played him false, and in repeating the inscription he put jaces for dormis. At once the newspaper paragraphist raised a laugh over 'Sir Walter's false quantities.' Scott, in his generous nature, refused to shield himself behind Lockhart, and much pother was made over the matter. The verses which follow savor, as Lockhart says, of Scott's recent overhauling of Swift and Sheridan's doggrel epistles.'

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