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Ah no! 'tis a foul, 'tis a dangerous cheat,
THE DRINKIN', 0.
A Sang for the Ladies.
BY JAMES HOGG.
Tune: Dunbarton's Drums.
1 O wae to the wearifu' drinkin', O! That foe to reflection an' thinkin', O!
Our charms are gi'en in vain!
Social conversation's gane!
O? Which to weakness will soon lead you linkin', 0;
These eyes that shine sae bright
Soon will be a weary sight, When ye’re a' sittin' noddin' an' winkin', O!
3 For ever may we grieve for the drinkin', O! The respect that is due daily sinkin', O!
Our presence sair abus'd,
An' our company refus'd,
4 O drive us not away wi' your drinkin', O! We like your presence mair than ye're thinkin',
0! We'll gie ye another sang, · An' ye're no to think it lang, For the sake o' your wearifu' drinkin', 0!*
5 Sweet delicacy, turn to us blinkin', For by day the guns and swords still are clinkin',
0! An' at night the flowin' bowl
Bothers ilka manly soul, Then there's naething but beblin' an' drinkin',
6 Gentle Peace, come an' wean them frae drinkin',
0! And bring love alang wi' you winkin', O! Gar him thraw at ilka
man, An' wound as deep's he can, Or we're ruin’d by the wearifu' drinkin', O!
WRITTEN FOR A CONVIVIAL SOCIETY,
WHOSE MOTTO WAS
“ FRIENDSHIP, LOVE, AND TRUTH.”
BY JAMES MONTGOMERY.
1 When“Friendship, Love, and Truth" abound
Among a band of BROTHERS, The cup of joy goes gaily round,
Each shares the bliss of others:
Along this vale of sorrow;
Shall bloom again to-morrow :
Life's cruel cares beguiling;
In gay good humour smiling :
grey, His reverend front adorning, He looks like Winter turn'd to May,
Night soften'd into morning! How grand in age, how fair in youth, Are holy “Friendship, Love, and Trutu!"
From these delightful fountains flow
Ambrosial rills of pleasure:-
A more resplendent treasure?
We'll form a Constellation,
Shall gild his proper station.
ON AMATORY SONGS.
Sept. 12, 1810. SIR, Love may be considered an universal passion : and perhaps it is that, concerning the due regulation of which, so far as relates to the sexes, mankind have run into the greatest errors. As in all cases, where man is liable to err, it is useful frequently to have recourse to first principles, so on no subject can it be more necessary than upon this.
When man was created and endowed with a nature more perfect than that which we now possess, and with the whole creation subject to him for his use, his instruction and his amusement, God expressly declared that " it was not good that the man should be alone,” and that he would “ make him an help meet for him”; (Genesis II, 18.) he therefore made woman, and declared that they should “ be one", and that for her sake man should, whenever he entered into an union with her, “ leave his father and his mother,