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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
152. Extempore in the Court of Session
 
 
Tune—“Killiercrankie.”
 
 
LORD ADVOCATE


HE clenched his pamphlet in his fist,
  He quoted and he hinted,
Till, in a declamation-mist,
  His argument he tint it:
He gapèd for’t, he grapèd for’t,        5
  He fand it was awa, man;
But what his common sense came short,
  He eked out wi’ law, man.
 
MR. ERSKINE


Collected, Harry stood awee,
  Then open’d out his arm, man;        10
His Lordship sat wi’ ruefu’ e’e,
  And ey’d the gathering storm, man:
Like wind-driven hail it did assail’
  Or torrents owre a lin, man:
The BENCH sae wise, lift up their eyes,        15
  Half-wauken’d wi’ the din, man.
 

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