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On Captain Grose

WRITTEN ON AN ENVEL0PE, ENCLOSING A LETTER TO HIM
TUNE: Sir John Malcolm

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

 

1.
Ken ye ought o' Captain Grose?
Igo and ago
If he's among his friends or foes?
Iram, coram, dago
Is he south, or is he north?
Igo and ago
Or drowned in the River Forth?
Iram, coram, dago
2.
Is he slain by Hielan' bodies?
Igo and ago
And eaten like a wether haggis?
Iram, coram, dago
Is he to Abra'm's bosom gane?
Igo and ago
Or haudin Sarah by the wame?
Iram, coram, dago
3.
Where'er he be, the Lord be near him!
Igo and ago
As for the Deil, he daur na steer him.
Iram, coram, dago
But please transmit th' enclosed letter
Igo and ago
Which will oblige your humble debtor
Iram, coram, dago
4.
So may ye hae auld stanes in store,
Igo and ago
The very stanes that Adam bore!
Iram, coram, dago
So may ye get in glad possession,
Igo and ago
The coins o' Satan's coronation!
Iram, coram, dago

 


Know you anything of Captain Grose?
Igo and ago
If he's among his friends or foes?
Iram, coram, dago
Is he south, or is he north?
Igo and ago
Or drowned in the River Forth?
Iram, coram, dago

Is he slain by Highland creatures?
Igo and ago
And eaten like a castrated haggis?
Iram, coram, dago
Is he to Abraham's bosom gone?
Igo and ago
Or holding Sarah by the belly?
Iram, coram, dago

Where ever he be, the Lord be near him!
Igo and ago
As for the Devil, he dare not upset him.
Iram, coram, dago
But please transmit the enclosed letter
Igo and ago
Which will oblige your humble debtor
Iram, coram, dago

So may you have old stones in store,
Igo and ago
The very stones that Adam bore!
Iram, coram, dago
So may you get in glad possession,
Igo and ago
The coins of Satan's coronation!
Iram, coram, dago

 

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