Hughie’s Belief in Present Duty, p.80.

[Horace in Homespun Contents]

Vina liques, et spatio brevi 

Spen longam reseces.” – CAR. I., II. 

IT wasna meant that mortal men 

Should read the deevil’s books to ken 

(What they can never comprehen’) 

The secret o’ their hinner en’. 

– 

The nobler gate o’t were to spen’ 

The scriptural threescore years an’ ten, 

Or less or mair, as Heaven may sen’, 

In present duty to the en’. 

– 

For, let us sum up what we ken; 

The present – weel, that’s oors to spen; 

The past – that canna come agen; 

The future – that’s for Heaven to len’. 

– 

Than this, we’ll get nae farrer ben; 

An’ sae, like reasonable men, 

Let’s keep oor hopes within oor ken; 

An’ noo – produce the tappit hen! 

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