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Has made the price of claret fall so low,
The thing is plain-I ask you if it isn't
Our duty, both in policy and gratitude,
And to preserve the nation's glorious attitude?
To Robinson to know we do so? That it would!
Up, up, then, sparkling ruby! that's the thing!
Nor only sing-for henceforth I will pour,
One tip-top overflowing brimmer more
And please myself and thee-Dear Robinson! All hail!!
Very fair verses. Don't lose them, Mullion.
A fit conclusion to the Laird of Lamington.-You are certainly a very decent Bacchanalian Bard, Shepherd; but I am sorry to have bad news to tell you, man-You are no longer at the top of that tree-a new competitor, James, a terrible fellow, sir; O Jemmy, prepare for the worst!—Yes, it is, it is true-you are dethroned!
Are you puffing yourself, Sir Morgan ?
Pooh! pooh! we must all knock under now, man. Hear it, O Hogg of Ettrick, and give ear, thou Timothy of Southside! Leigh Hunt, King of the Cockneys, has turned over a new leaf, and is become the jolliest of all jolly dogs, the very type of the tippling principle-a perfect incarnation of "god Bacchus."
What! him that used to haver sae about tea, slops, and butter and bread? Him that brought down Jupiter frae the clouds to take his fourhours at Hampstead out of a crockery cup, with his "Hebe," and "She be," and "Tea be," and I kenna what mair awfu' drivels?
ODOHERTY (solemnly.) "The same-the same
Letters four do form his name."
O, don't bother us with the Cockney to-night. Leave him to Z.-All in good time.
Where is the General?
Why, I had not heard from him for sometime, but ye'll find him taking up India at last in our next Number. I believe he's at his box in Surrey at pre
By the way, Hogg, talking of boxes, what the deuce is the meaning of this new doing? I perceive an advertisement about my dear Altrive in the newspapers. Why, do you really mean to let the Cottage? Impossible!
Possible-probable-fact, Mr Tickler, and what for no? But I had forgotten,-'tis a lang time since ye were up Yarrow. Ye see the business is thisI have that great muckle farm o' the Duke's now, on the other side of the water, Montbenger, and there's a very snod steading on it, and I maun be there
ilka day early and late in the simmer-time, and it's just past a' telling the inconvenience of keeping house at Altrive, and tramp, tramping there. Besides, what's the use of having the twa houses on my haunds? I expect a braw rent I can tell you.
Why, let me see, (reading.) "Accommodation for four or five Sportsmen and their domestics."*-This sounds well.
Ay, there's the Mistress's chaumber, and the bairns' room, and the tway box-beds i' the drawing-room, and the lasses' laft, and the crib in the trance, and the laft ower the gig. What wad ye hae, Sir Morgan?
Me? oh! I'm like yourself, Hogg-I can sleep anywhere.
And "the use of THE LIBRARY," Hogg!-I see you have put that bait on your hook too.-Pray, how many books have you?
I've ane o' the best collections in the parish now, Mr Secretary. I have, let me see, I have the Mountain Bard, that's ane; the Forest Minstrel, that's tway; the Pilgrims, that's three; the Dramas, that's tway volumes, five in a' -the Maudor, sax; the Wake, seven; (I have tway copies o' her,)-the Brownie, nine; the Perils o' Man, twall; the Perils o' Woman, fifeteen; the Evening Tales, seventeen; the Confessions o' a Justified Sinner, achteen; Queen Hynde, nineteen; Hogg on Sheep-that's the score-and they's a' my ain warks, forbye pamphlets and periodicals, the Spy amang them-and the Jubilee-dear me, I dinna mind half o' them-and than, there's maist a' the Sherra's beuks, baith verse and prose, kent and suspeckit-and there's Gray's works-I mean James Gray,—and the ither Gray too, I have his Elegy-and Wordsworth's Ballants-and Willison Glass-and Tannahill-and Shakespeare-maist feck o' him however-and Allan Cunningham-and the Bemerside Bard-and Milton's Paradise-and the Jacobite Relics-deil's i' me, I hippit them clean-and Ballantyne on Siddons-and George Thomson's sangs complete-and Byron-a hantle o' him, man-and a great bundle of Blue and Yellow, and Quarterlys, and Blackwoods, a' throughither-What wad ye hae? is nae that a braw Leebrary?
I sit corrected-and so, I am sure, does Sir Morgan. You also, I think, mention that the situation is " the very best that can be met with for angling."-Is not this rather bold?
Come out, and try yoursell. Odd, man, ye're no the length of a kail-yard frae bonny Yarrow-and Saint Mary's Loch's within less than half a mileand there's the Craig-Douglas Burn, too, a noble trouter.-What wad folk luck for?
Well, James, I highly approve of your prudence in letting the cottage. And Tickler, my dear fellow, say now don't you think we might e'en do worse than become the Shepherd's tenants ourselves? What say you, Mullion?You, Sir Morgan ?
Do you board the tenants, too, Hogg?-And, by the bye, what's the rent?
Ha! ha! ha!—Rent frae you, my braw lad!-Na, na, Captain-Ye's be welcome to Montbenger, but deil a fit into Altrive. (Clock strikes One.)
I am an older man than Mr Cockburn-and, in short, 'tis time to be going. Mullion, you'll settle the bill.-Good night.
(Exeunt NORTH and TICKLER. Manent Cæteri.) See Advertisement on Cover, page 3.
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