On Willie Chalmers – [On Willie Chalmers]

WI' braw new branks in mickle pride,
And eke a braw new brechan,
My Pegasus I'm got astride,
And up Parnassus pechin;
Whyles owre a bush wi' downward crush
The doited beastie stammers;
Then up he gets, and off he sets
For sake o' Willie Chalmers.

I doubt na, lass, that weel kend name
May cost a pair o' blushes;
I am nae stranger to your fame,
Nor his warm-urged wishes.
Your bonnie face sae mild and sweet,
His honest heart enamours’
And faith ye'll no be lost a whit,
Tho' waired on Willie Chalmers.

Auld Truth hersel’ might swear ye're fair,
And Honour safely back her,
And Modesty assume your air,
And ne'er a ane mistak her:
And sic twa love-inspiring e’en
Might fire even holy Palmers;
Nae wonder then they've fatal been
To honest Willie Chalmers!

I doubt na Fortune may you shore
Some mim-mou'd pouthered priestie,
Fu' lifted up wi' Hebrew lore,
And band upon his breastie;
But oh! what signifies to you
His lexicons and grammars;
The feeling heart's the royal blue,
And that 's wi' Willie Chalmers.

Some gapin’ glowrin’ countra laird,
May warsle for your favour;
May claw his lug, and straik his beard,
And host up some palaver.
My bonie maid, before ye wed
Sic clumsy-witted hammers,
Seek Heaven for help, and barefit skelp
Awa wi' Willie Chalmers.

Forgive the Bard! my fond regard
For ane that shares my bosom,
Inspires my muse to gie 'm his dues,
For de’il a hair I roose him.
May powers aboon unite you soon,
And fructify your amours,----
And every year come in mair dear
To you and Willie Chalmers.