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56 Creep into my cave an’ a’ secrets ye’ll see; If maiden, or mother, uncertainty bother, Frae doubt an’ frae darkness, their min’s I can free: Ilk lass, no tald lees on, wha deems, an’ wi’ reason,26 The youth she oblig’t frae her fund arms will flee, An’ wife, in a fear ay, that jilts meet her dearie, 27 May learn the hale truth by applyin’ to me.28 Gif Chanticlear’s ta’en frae the roost whare he craw’t;29 Or horse, kye, or sheep, frae the pasture-fiel’ ca’t, My head I’ll bestow ye, if I dinna shew ye The leuks in a glass, o’ the loun that’s in faut:30 Or else if ye cleek up, an’ toss my delft tea-cup,31 If danger, or death’s near, the gruns plain will shaw’t:32 By cuttin’ o’ cartes folk, an’ no’ by black-arts, folk, O past, present, future, I’ll read ye a claut.33 A spunkie reply’t, wha oureheard the dark dame ---34 “Guid wife! they wha trust ye defeat their ain aim; “The henpecked taupie, wha’d wiss to be happy,35 “Sud ax nane wha ken --- what the wife does at hame: “Ilk sport-lovin weary, might dread to come near ye, “Wha ken’st the dark neuk whare she try’t the blythe game ---36 “The grand plan of Nature’s conceal’d frae a’ creatures; Nor cud their skill chang’t gif they kent the hale scheme. “Ye promise promotion, an’ sin’ frae the mead “The shepherd to sea, whare some shark soon he’ll feed; 26 Every. 27 Contemptuous term for a young woman. 28 Whole. 29 The cockerel. 30 It is the young male who is at fault. 31 Hook up. 32 Tea-leaves, dregs. 33 A scraping/a selection. 34 Spirited, lively young person. 35 Half-wit, foolish person. 36 Corner/happy.

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