The Calf

To the Rev. Mr Steven, on his text, MALACHI, ch. iv. vers. 2 ‘And they shall go forth, and grow up, like CALVES of the stall.’

RIGHT, Sir! your text I'll prove it true,
Tho' Heretics may laugh;
For instance, there 's yoursel just now,
God knows, an unco Calf!

And should some Patron be so kind,
As bless you wi' a kirk,
I doubt na, Sir, but then we'll find
Ye're still as great a Stirk.

But, if the Lover's raptur'd hour
Shall ever be your lot,
Forbid it, ev’ry heavenly Power,
You e'er should be a Stot!

Tho', when some kind connubial Dear
Your But-and-ben adorns,
The like has been that you may wear
A noble head of horns.

And, in your lug, most reverend James,
To hear you roar and rowte,
Few men o' sense will doubt your claims
To rank amang the Nowte.

And when ye're number'd wi' the dead,
Below a grassy hillock,
Wi’ justice they may mark your head--------
'Here lies a famous Bullock !'