The Heron Ballads (Poem by Robert Burns)

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The Heron Ballads
Ballad Third
By Robert Burns


Wha will buy my troggin,
    Fine election ware;
Broken trade o’ Broughton,
    A’ in high repair.
            Buy braw troggin,
                Frae the banks o’ Dee;
            Wha wants troggin
                Let him come to me.

There’s a noble Earl’s [1]
    Fame and high renown
For an auld sang — 
    It’s thought the gudes were stown.
            Buy braw troggin, &c.

Here’s the worth o’ Broughton [2]
    In a needle’s ee;
Here’s a reputation
    Tint by Balmaghie.
            Buy braw troggin, &c.

Here’s an honest conscience
    Might a prince adorn;
Frae the downs o’ Tinwald — [3]
    So was never worn.
            Buy braw troggin, &c.

Here’s its stuff and lining,
    Cardoness’ [4] head;
Fine for a sodger
    A’ the wale o’ lead.
            Buy braw troggin, &c.

Here’s a little wadset
    Buittle’s [5] scrap o’ truth,
Pawn’d in a gin-shop
    Quenching holy drouth.
            Buy braw troggin, &c.

Here’s armorial bearings
    Frae the manse o’ Urr; [6]
The crest, an auld crab-apple
    Rotten at the core.
            Buy braw troggin, &c.

Here is Satan’s picture,
    Like a bizzard gled,
Pouncing poor Redcastle, [7]
    Sprawlin’ as a taed.
            Buy braw troggin, &c.

Here’s the worth and wisdom
    Collieston [8] can boast;
By a thievish midge
    They had been nearly lost.
            Buy braw troggin, &c.

Here is Murray’s fragments
    O’ the ten commands;
Gifted by black Jock [9]
    To get them aff his hands.
            Buy braw troggin, &c.

Saw ye e’er sic troggin?
    If to buy ye’re slack,
Hornie’s turnin’ chapman,
    He’ll buy a’ the pack.
            Buy braw troggin,
                Frae the banks o’ Dee;
            Wha wants troggin
                Let him come to me.


FOOTNOTES:

[1] The Earl of Galloway.

[2] Murray, of Broughton and Caillie.

[3] Bushby, of Tinwald-downs.

[4] Maxwell, of Cardoness.

[5] The Minister of Buittle.

[6] Morehead, of Urr.

[7] Laurie, of Redcastle.

[8] Copland, of Collieston and Blackwood.

[9] John Bushby, of Tinwald-downs.

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