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Broadside ballad entitled 'Bauldy Buchanan'
This flying seheet. can only be had from the Poet, out of his
AIR-Knowledge is power.
Oh, wha hasna heard tell o' blyth Bauldie Buchanan,
A hale,hearty carle,o' some sixty year's stan'nin ;
Gae search the hale kintra, frae Lanark to Lunnon,
For Bauldie's sae crackie, an' Bauldie's sae canty,
A frame o' threescore wi' a spirit o' twenty ;
Wi' his auld farrant tales, an' his joking an' funnin',
Blyth Bauldy Buchanan's a wonderfu' drinker
There's scarcely an' author frae Bentham tae Bunyan,
But has been run dry by blythe Bauldy Buchanan.
He kens a'the courses an' names o' the planets,
The secret manouvres o' courts an' o' senates ;
Can tell you the day Babel tower was begun on,
He can play on the bagpipe, the flute and the fiddle,
How the English like beer an' the Scotch like their whisky,
An' mair than a' that, he can trace out the cause,
O rain an' fair weather,o' frost an' o' thaws ;
An' what keeps the earth on its orbit still runin',
Sae wonderfu' learned is blythe Bauldy Buchanan.
When round his fireside neighbours meet in the gloamin',
An' hear him describe the auld Greeks an' the Romans;
How they battled an' fought without musket or cannon,
The folks glower wi' wonder at blythe Bauldy Buchanan.
Or when he descends frae the grave tae the witty,
Or tells some queer stories, or sings some queer ditty,
Wi' his poetry, pleasantry, puzzling and punnin',
Their sides are made sair wae wi' blythe Bauldy Buchanan.
But o' a' the attractions that Bauldy possesses,
His greatest attraction's are twa bonny lasses ;
'Mang a' the fine leddys, frae Crail tae Clackmanan,
Sae bonny, sae blooming, sae wise an' sae worthy,
They keep the hale lads in the parish a' runnin',
Come to the Box ; it is the boast and pride of millions.
Date of publication:
1851 shelfmark: L.C.Fol.70(20b)