Mucking of Geordy’s Byer.
Sung by Symon, p. 19.
THE laird who in riches and honour
Wad thrive, should be kindly and free,
Nor rack the poor tenants, who labour
To rise aboon poverty:
Else like the pack horse that’s unfother’d,
And burden’d, will tumble down faint;
Thus virtue by hardship is smother’d,
And rackers aft tine their rent.