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On Tam The Chapman

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

 

On Tam The Chapman

As Tam the chapman on a day
Wi' Death forgather'd by the way,
Weel pleas'd he greets a wight so famous.
And Death was nae less pleas'd wi' Thomas,
Wha cheerfully lays down his pack,
And there blaws up a hearty crack:
His social, friendly, honest heart
Sae tickled Death, they could na part;
Sae, after viewing knives and garters.
Death taks him hame to gie him quarters.

 

 

On Tam The Peddlar

As Tam the peddlar on a day
With Death forgathered by the way,
Well pleased he greets a person so famous.
And Death was no less pleased with Thomas,
Who cheerfully lays down his pack,
And there blows up a hearty chat:
His social, friendly, honest heart
So tickled Death, they could not part;
So, after viewing knives and garters.
Death takes him home to give him quarters.

 

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