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Robert Burns

You're welcome, Willie Stewart!
You're welcome, Willie Stewart!
There's ne'er a flower that blooms in May,
That's half sae welcome's thou art!

Come, bumpers high! express your joy!
The bowl we maun renew it -
The tappet-hen, gae bring her ben,
To welcome Willie Stewart!

May foes be strong, and friends be slack!
Ilk action, may he rue it!
May woman on him turn her back,
That wrangs thee, Willie Stewart!

Footnote: Robert Burns became friendly with William Stewart during his time at Ellisland Farm.  Stewart was the resident grieve of Closeburn in Dumfriesshire, the property of the Rev. James Stuart Menteith, Rector of Barrowly in Linconshire, England.  Willie Stewart's sister was the wife of R Bacon, the owner of the Brownhill Inn, Thornhill, situated a few miles south of Ellisland.  A howff regularly visited by Burns when returning from his fatiguing Excise rounds.  The verses were scrathed by the poet on a crystal tumbler.  The glass was acquired by Sir Walter Scott and preserved at Abbotsford.  The song was first published by Lockhart in 1829.



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