Ootower upon a weel-kent hill,
Whase watters rise tae grind a mill,
Auld Mansie biggit him a crui',
Tae growe him kail for mutton brew –
For Mansie niver thocht him hale,
Withoot sheeps' shanks an cogs o kail.
Nou Mansie's wis as guid a tongue
As iver psaum o David sung.
It fittit weel a guidly mooth,
That spak few wirds that warna truith,
An niver swuir by Guid or Deil
Except whan kinnens ate his kail.
Nou Mansie niver fasht by schuil,
Aye wrocht by random mair than rule;
But, drew he plan or drew he no,
He formed the steid an honest O;
An suin the neebours roond us aw
Rise up a stainch sheep-hauden waw;
than, like a man inspired wi hope,
He clappit on the hintmaist cope,
An as he sew the seed and suit,
Wi thochts o kail he chowed the cuid.
Nou Mansie's crui' wis fair tae see,
A tour an landmerk tae the ee.
Whan Nickie socht the faurdest haaf
He pyntit wi the huggie-staff
‘Nou Airtie, keep her tae the North,
Tak Mansie's crui' ower Byre o Scord.''
An whan a schooner teuk the soond
Lat ance her heid wis heeldit roond
Deil aucht the skipper haed tae dae
But haud her for Auld Mansie's crui'.
Mair notit faur than clock or chime
Auld Mansie's crui' proclaimed the time:
For whan the sun raise ower the crui'
Auld Lowrie o the Liogue raise tae.
Whan ower the crui' the sun wis high
Oot staugin cam the Setter kye –
Whit haedna fowk tae truck an dae
Afore she heeldit aff the crui'.
Fae Gaapaslap tae Swartagerts
The crui' wis kent that mony airts
An no oor in aw the twal
But in some place some tongue wad yaul
Tae langsome legs an elbucks tae,
‘The sun is by Auld Mansie's crui'!'
Whan Betty Bunt that bade in Virse
Wis riskin reeds an gerstie-girse,
Auld Mansie's crui' belaw the sun
Said ‘Hame an see the denner on!'
Nou, if her limmer o a lass.
Ne'er heedin hou the time wad pass,
Sat pirlin wi her lazy taes
Amang the ess, afore the aise,
She'd stamp, wi sic an angry fit,
‘Whit! no a tattie washen yet?'
An sweir sic aiths baith smaw an great
As weel micht mak a crui' tae flit.
‘Hing on the kettle in the creuk
Or, trowth, A'll flatten like a fleuk
Thy sweirie carcage whaur thoo sits!
Guid fegs! Thoo'll hae me by ma wits!
The Sorrae scaud thee in his brew –
The sun is by Auld Mansie's crui'.'
An whan at last ...