Give Me a Lass with a Lump of Land
Allan Ramsay, Poems (Edinburgh: Thomas Ruddiman for the author, 1728).
1Gi'e me a lass with a lump of land,
2 And we for life shall gang thegither;
3Tho' daft or wise I'll never demand,
4 Or black or fair it maks na whether.
5I'm aff with wit, and beauty will fade,
6 And blood alane is no worth a shilling;
7But she that's rich her market's made,
8 For ilka charm about her is killing.
9 Gi'e me a lass with a lump of land,
10 And in my bosom I'll hug my treasure;
11Gin I had anes her gear in my hand,
13Laugh on wha likes, but there's my hand,
15Unless they bring cash or a lump of land,
16 They'se never get me to dance to their fiddle.
17 There's meikle good love in bands and bags,
18 And siller and gowd's a sweet complexion;
19But beauty, and wit, and virtue in rags,
21Love tips his arrows with woods and parks,
23And naithing can catch our modern sparks,
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RPO poem Editors:
N. J. Endicott
2RP.1.644; RPO 1996-2000.