1825 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Wilson

William Wilson, in "A Welcome to Christopher North" 1825 ca.; Wilson, Poetry of Scotland (1876) 2:227.



Oh, the queer auld man, the dear auld man,
The drollest in Christendie—
Wha sae afte has beguil'd doure care till he smil'd—
He's comin' to daud frae his bonnet a blink,
The stoure o' classic ha's—
He's hung up his goun i' the guid auld toun,
An' brunt his critic's taws.
(Chorus)
He's a dear auld man, he's a queer auld man,
He's a free auld man, he's a slee auld man—
Frae the Aristook to the Raritan,
Ye'll no find the fier o' our spree auld man.