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There sat 1 a bottle in a bole, 2
Beyont the ingle 3 low ; 4
And ay she took the tither souk.
To drouk 5 the stourie 6 tow.
The weary pund, &c.
Quoth I, For shame, ye dirty dame,
Gae spin your tap o' tow !
She took the rock, and wi' a knock,
She brak it o'er my pow. 7
The weary pund, &c.
At last her feet, I sang to see't,
Gaed 8 foremost o'er the knowe ; 9
And or I wad 10 anither jad,
I'll wallop in a tow! 11
The weary pund, &c.
1 In Ayrshire, sit is generally used instead of stand.
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10 E'er I wed. n Danyle in a rope.
" The weary pund o' tow." The tune and the title of this song are from Oswald's Caledonian Pocket Companion,
Book viii. The verses were written by Burns for Johnson's Museum. There is no trace of the author of the air,
which is one of our best modern Scottish airs. Its structure shows it to be modern; that is to say, that it is not
older than the earlier part of the eighteenth century. From the skilful way in which Burns composed verses to
Scottish airs, we have long been of opinion that he must not only have had a musical ear, but must have had some
practical knowledge of music. On mentioning our opinion to a friend, he confirmed it by facts which we are not at
liberty to state, but which we hope he will soon give to the public.

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