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Poem by Allan Ramsay

The Kind Reception

[Note: To the Tune of Auld Lang Syne.]

Should auld Acquaintance be forgot,
		Tho they return with Scars?
These are the noble Heroes Lot,
	Obtaind in glorious Wars:
Welcome my Varo to my Breast,
		Thy Arms about me twine,
And make me once again as blest,
		As I was lang syne.

 Methinks around us on each Bough,
   	A Thousand Cupids play,
Whilst thro the Groves I walk with you,
	Each Object makes me gay.
Since your Return the Sun and Moon
	With brighter Beams do shine,
Streams murmur soft Notes while they run,
	As they did lang syne.

Despise the Court and Din of State,
   	Let that to their Share fall;
Who can esteem such Slavry great,
   	While bounded like a Ball?
But sunk in Love, upon my Arms
   	Let your brave Head recline,
Well please our selves with mutual Charms,
   	As we did lang syne.

Oer Moor and Dale with your gay Friend
   	You may pursue the Chace;
And after a blyth Bottle end
   	All Cares in my Embrace:
And in a vacant rainy Day
   	You shall be wholly mine;
Well make the Hours run smooth away,
   	And laugh at lang syne.

The Heroe pleasd with the sweet Air,
   	And Signs of genrous Love,
Which had been utterd by the Fair,
   	Bowd to the Powrs above:
Next Day with Consent and glad Haste
   	Thapproachd the sacred Shrine,
Where the good Priest the Couple blest,
   	And put them out of Pine.

Allan Ramsay

Allan Ramsay's other poems:
  1. Katy's Answer
  2. My Peggy Is a Young Thing
  3. Give Me a Lass with a Lump of Land
  4. The Young Laird and Edinburgh Katy
  5. Elegy on Maggie Johnston

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