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THE AMERICAN WAR.
And did our helm thraw, man,
Within America, man:
And in the sea did jaw, man ;
I wat he was na slaw, man;
And Carleton did ca', man;
Montgomery-like did fa', man,
Was kept at Boston ha’, man ;
For Philadelphia, man;
Wi' sword an' gun he thought a sin
Guid Christian blood to draw, man : But at New York, wi' knife an' fork,
Sir-loin he hacked sma', man.
Till Fraser brave did fa', man ;
In Saratoga shaw, man.
An' did the buckskins claw, man ;
Began to fear a fa’, man ;
The German Chief to thraw, man:
Nae mercy had at a', man;
Till death did on him ca', man ;
Conform to gospel law, man ;
Saint Stephen's boys, wi' jarring noise,
They did his measures thraw, man, For North an' Fox united stocks,
An' bore him to the wa', man.
He swept the stakes awa', man,
Led him a sair faux pas, man ;
On Chatham's boy did ca', man ; An' Scotland drew her pipe, an' blew, • Up, Willie, waur them a', man!'
A secret word or twa, man ;
Be-north the Roman wa', man :
(Inspired Bardies saw, man) Wi’ kindling eyes cry'd • Willie, rise !
Would I hae fear'd them a', man?'
IX. But, word an' blow, North, Fox, and Co.,
Gowff'd Willie like a ba', man, Till Suthron raise, and coost their claise
Behind him in a raw, man ;
An' Caledon threw by the drone,
An' did her whittle draw, man ;
To make it guid in law, man.
“The page of Burns,” Campbell observes, “ contains a lively image of contemporary life, and the country from which he sprung.” Dr. Blair said something not unlike this when he remarked of this poem “ Burns's politics smell of the smithy." To understand the allusion of the critic, the reader would require to be acquainted, as no doubt many are, with the scene which a country smithy presents,
“ When ploughmen gather wi' their graith,” and ale, politics, and parish scandal are all alike carefully discussed. The forge is small, and all within it is black, save the fire, which, awakened by a pair of large bellows, blazes bright, while the blacksmith anxiously heaps the glowing coals over the sock which he wishes to weld, or the coulter he has to sharpen, and drops in a word now and then in the conversation maintained among his customers and auditors. All at once out comes the blazing iron from the fire-flash after flash passes over the faces of the gathered groups—the quick clang of hammers is heard—the smithy darkens down as the iron cools, and when it is restored to the fire for another heat, the controversy of tongues is renewed, and so the evening passes. Blair intimated by his remark that the opinions of the Poet respecting the American war were unstatesmanlike, and only worthy of rude, ready-witted ploughmen.
THE DEAN OF FACULTY.
A NEW BALLAD.
That Scot to Scot did carry ;
For beauteous, hapless Mary:
Or were more in fury seen, Sir,
Among the first was number'd;
Commandment tenth remember'd.-
And won his heart's desire ;
Pretensions rather brassy,
Are qualifications saucy ;