Dedication, pp.iii-iv.

[Tea-Table Miscellany Contents]

To ilka lovely British lass, 

Frae ladies Charlotte, Anne, and Jean

Down to ilk bony singing Bess

Wha dances barefoot on the green. 



YOUR most humble slave, 

Wha ne’er to serve you shall decline, 

Kneeling wad your acceptance crave, 

When he presents this sma’ propine. 


Then take it kindly to your care, 

Revive it with your tunefu’ notes: 

Its beauties will look sweet and fair, 

Arising saftly through your throats. 


The wanton wee thing will rejoice, 

When tented by a sparkling eye, 

The spinnet tinkling with her voice, 

It lying on her lovely knee. 


While kettles dringe on ingles dour, 

Or clashes stay the lazy lass; 

Thir sangs may ward you frae the sowr, 

And gayly vacant minutes pass. 


E’en while the tea’s fill’d reeking round, 

Rather than plot a tender tongue, 

Treat a’ the circling lugs wi’ sound, 

Syne safely sip when ye have sung. 


May happiness had up your hearts, 

And warm you lang with loving fires: 

May pow’rs propitious play their parts, 

In matching you to your desires. 


   Edinb. January 

     1. 1724. 

A. RAMSAY.      

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