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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
40. Reply to an Announcement by J. Rankine
 
 
On His Writing to the Poet, That a Girl in That Part of the Country Was with Child to Him.
 
 
I AM a keeper of the law
In some sma’ points, altho’ not a’;
Some people tell me gin I fa’,
          Ae way or ither,
The breaking of ae point, tho’ sma’,        5
          Breaks a’ thegither.
 
I hae been in for’t ance or twice,
And winna say o’er far for thrice;
Yet never met wi’ that surprise
          That broke my rest;        10
But now a rumour’s like to rise—
          A whaup’s i’ the nest!
 

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