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My Lords and Gentlement, A SCOTTISH Bard; proud of the name, and whose higbest ambition is to fing in his Country's service, where soall he so properly look for patronage as to the illuftrious Names of his Native Land; those who begr the hononrs and inherit the virtues of their
Ancestors? The Poetic Genius of my Country found me as the prophetic bard Elijah did Elisa---ai the plough; and threrv her inspiring mantle over me. She bade me sing the loves, the joys, the rural scenes and rural pleasures of my natal Soil, in my native tongue : I tuned my wild, artless notes, as she inspired--She whispered me, to come to this ancient metropolis of Caledonia, and lay my Songs under your honoured protection : I now obey her dietates.
Though much indebted to your goodness, I do not approach you, my Lords and Gentlemen, in the usual file of dedication, to thank you for past favours ; that path is so hackneyed by prostituted Learning, that honest Rusticity is ashamed of it.-Nor do I present this Address with the venal Soul of a fervile Author, looking for a continuation of those favours: 1 was bred to the Plough, and am independant. I come to claim the
common Scottish name with you, my illuftrioús Countrymen; and to tell the world that I glory in the title.--I come to congratulate my Country, that the blood of her ancient heroes still runs uncontaminated; and that from your courage, knowledge, and public Spirit, She may expect protection, wealth, and liberty.-In the last place, I come to proffer my warmest wishes to the Great Fountain of Honour, the Monarch of the Universe, for your welfare and happiness.
When you go forth to waken the Echoes, in the ancient and favourite amusement of your forefathers, may Pleasure ever be of your party; and may Social-joy await your return! When harrassed in courts or camps with the juftling's of bad men and bad meaJures, may the honest consciousriefs of injured Worth attend your return to your native Seats, and muy Doinelic Happiness, with a smiling welcome, meet yoll at your gates! Muy