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Braes o'Gleniffer

(24) Braes o'Gleniffer

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            THE BRAES



KEEN blaws the wind o'er the braes o'
The ull castle's turrets are covered wi' snaw
How changed frae the time when I met wi' my
Amang he broom bushes by the Stanley's
green shaw.

The wild flowers o' Simmer were spread a' sae
The mavis sang sweet fra the green barken
ut far to the camp they hae march'd my dear
nd now it is winter wi' nature and me.

Then ilka thing around us was blithesome and
Then ilka thing around us was bonnie and
braw ;
Now naething is heard but the wind whistling
And naething is seen but the wide spreading

The trees are a bare, and the birds mute and
They shake the cauld drift frae their wings as
they flee,
And chirp out their plaints seeming wae for my
'Tis winter wi' them, and 'tis winter wi' me.

You cauld sleety cloud skiffs alang the bleak
And shakes the dark firs on the steep rocky
While down the deep glen braws the snaw-flood-
ed mountain,
That murmur'd sae sweet to my laddie and me.

It,s no' it's loud roar on the wint'ry winds swell-
It's no the cold blast brings the tear to my e'e,
For O, gin' I saw my bonnie oots callant,
The dark dayso ' winter were simmer ta' me.

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            LITTLE JOE.

WHILE strolling one night, through London's gay
I met a poor boy he was simging a song,
Although he was singing he want ad,
Although he was singing he wished he was dead.
Cold blew the blast, down came the snow,
No place of shelter, nowhere to go,
No mother to guide him, in the grave she lay low,
Cast on the wide world was poor little Joe.


In the streets he will wander, forgot by the gay,
With a tear in his eye, he will kneel down and y,
He'd no friend but his maker, his parents were
Poor Joe he was dying by inches for bread,

A carriage rolled by with a lady inside,
She fondly carressed her boy—infant child,
Joe followed the carriage, she'd not even smiled—
As I gazed on his face, I saw that he cried,
I looked at this waif, and thought it was dd,
Is this poor ragged urchin forgotten by god?
Then, I saw in the gaslight, by his short coming breath
And his careworn face, he was marked out by death.

Those that were wealthy, they heeded him not,
Poor Joe the street Arab, how sad was his lo
He knew not his father, he died long ago,
Sad was the suffering of poor little Joe.
I spoke to him kindly, it made his heart glad,
Although he was ragged, he was grateful poorlad,
With tears in his eyes, he was thinking I know,
Of his mother and father that poor little Joe.

The lights had gone out, and the clock had struck one,
What home came a Policeman, whose du y was done,
And it seem'd by the thump of his dull heavy ,
As though he was seeking the starving and dead :
Oh ! is this? the Policeman then said;
It poor little Joe—on a step he lay dead,
With his face turned to heaven, all covered with snow,
Died in the cold streets, did poor little Joe.

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