ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
William Frederick Deacon
, "A Grand new Blacking Sang" Edinburgh Literary Journal (15 May 1830) 290.
William Frederick Deacon:
1830: James Hogg
1871: Charles Cowden Clarke
1810: Sir Walter Scott
1814: Lord Byron
1815: Lord Byron
1816: John Wilson
1818: William Gifford
1818: Thomas Pringle
1827: Lord Byron
1829: Allan Cunningham
1829: Sir Walter Scott
1830: William Frederick Deacon
1830 ca.: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1832: Dr. Robert Anderson
1832: Robert Burns
1832: Allan Cunningham
1832: John Gibson Lockhart
1832: Thomas Pringle
1832: John Wilson
Black-makers now their shops may seal,
Warren may gang an' black the deil;
For a' their whuds an' a' their wiles,
They'll ne'er compare wi' Jamie Kyle's:
I've tried them a', by burnish'd gold!
And Kyle's is best a thousandfold.
But gude preserve my glancin' clouts—
The cocks come fightin' wi' my boots!
The dogs sit gurrin' at their shadows,
An' a tom cat completely mad is!
The birds come hanging' wing an' feather,
To woo upon my upper leather;
An' the bull trout, (the warst of a',)
Whene'er my glancin' limb he saw,
Came splashin' out frae 'mang the segs,
An' bobb'd an' swatter'd round my legs;
For in these mirrors, polish'd gleaming,
He saw a mate in crystal swimming:
This I ca', joking all apart,
Complete perfection o' the art.
Sae a' the blousterin' Blacking-makers
May claw their pows, an' turn street-rakers,
Or gang wi' ane that's right auld farren,
The sly, redoubted Robin Warren,
To hunt the otter an' the beaver
By sources of Missouri river,
Or fly to Afric's sultry shores,
An' help to black the blackamores;
For business here they can have none—
Othello's occupation's gone.
While Kyle, the sprightly Kyle, shall stand
The chemist of his native land—
A blacking-maker, all uncommon,
Is equall'd or excell'd by no man—
The greatest ever born of woman!
N.B. Pray call, before 'tis over late,
At hunder an' twall the Canongate.