The Earl of Mar’s Daughter

THE EARL OF MAR’S DAUGHTER. It was intill a pleasant time, Upon a simmer’s day, The noble Earl of Mar’s daughter Went forth to sport and play. As thus she did amuse hersell, Below a green aik tree, There she saw a sprightly doo Set on a tower sae hie. O Cow-me-doo, my love sae […]

A Pack of Hypocrites

WHERE are the days that we have seen, When Phœbus shone fu’ bright, man, Days when fu’ merry we have been, When every one had right man; Now gloomy clouds do overshade, And spread wide over a’, man, Ill boding comets blaze o’er head, O whirry whigs awa’, man. Now ill appears with face fu’ […]

Argyle Is My Name

ARGYLE IS MY NAME.  SAID TO BE BY JOHN DUKE OF ARGYLE AND GREENWICH [BORN 1678 DIED 1743.] Tune—Bannocks o’ Barley Meal. Argyle is my name, and you may think it strange, To live at a court, yet never to change; A’ falsehood and flattery I do disdain, In my secret thoughts nae guile does remain. My king and my country’s foes I have faced, In […]

So Bid Farewell

The Idiot. Stan Rogers. I often take these nightshift walks when the foreman’s not around. I turn my back on the cooling stacks and make for open ground. Far out beyond the tank-farm fence where the gas-flare makes no sound, I forget the stink and I always think back to that Eastern town. I remember […]

Right in Front of Me

Life’s a Happy Song. The Muppets. Everything is great Everything is grand I got the whole wide world in the palm of my hand Everything is perfect It’s falling into place I can’t seem to wipe this smile off my face Life’s a happy song, when there’s someone by my side to sing along When […]

Doomed Line, Square, and Column!

SONG FOR THE IRISH BRIGADE. Oh, not now for songs of a nation’s wrongs, not the groans of starving labor; Let the rifle ring and the bullet sing to the clash of the flashing sabre! There are Irish ranks on the tented banks of Columbia’s guarded ocean; And an iron clank from flank to flank tells […]

A Disgraceful Race

We soon learned all the particulars of the memorable battle; how the festive congressmen had come with their wives, daughters, and sweethearts, on the outskirts of the army, seated in luxurious carriages, with hampers packed with champagne and all good things, to regale themselves withal, as from a safe place they would view the triumphant […]

O Gleyd Argyll

“THE BONNIE HOUSE O’ AIRLIE.” The father of the late Earl of Airlie, for several years acted as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Among his retainers were two pipers; and at a levee at Holyrood Palace, the Moderator of the Assembly requested that the pipers should play “The Bonnie House o’ Airlie.” His Lordship replied that he was not certain whether they would, as one of the pipers was an Ogilvie, and the other a Campbell, […]

Meet James Ensor

Meet James Ensor Belgium’s famous painter Dig him up and shake his hand Appreciate the man Before there were junk stores Before there was junk He lived with his mother and the torments of Christ The world was transformed A crowd gathered round Pressed against his window so they could be the first To meet […]

Unexceptionable Conduct

But the most extraordinary Part of the ensuing Report, and what I conceive will be digested by the Publick with the most Reluctancy, is, the Account therein given of the Battle of Preston-pans. For, surely, after the Prepossessions which have so long prevailed, it will not be easily credited that the Field of Battle for […]

Caput Apri Defero

The Boar’s Head at Oxford. The ancient ceremony of serving up a boar’s head in the hall of Queen’s College, Oxford, at Christmas, is still observed with much pomp and ceremony. The boar’s head is borne on the shoulders of two of the college servants, preceded by the Provost and Fellows of the society, and […]

Barefooted Tatterdemalions

It cannot have escaped the notice of the most inattentive observer, that this country has been brought to its present state of distress and confusion, chiefly by the art and industry of pretended patriots, both in England and America, who were stimulated by indigence, avarice, or ambition, to embroil the government, and mislead the people. […]