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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
551. Ballad on Mr. Heron’s Election—No. 4
The Trogger.
Tune—“Buy Broom Besoms.”
WHA will buy my troggin, fine election ware,
Broken trade o’ Broughton, a’ in high repair?
Chorus.—Buy braw troggin frae the banks o’ Dee;
Wha wants troggin let him come to me.
There’s a noble Earl’s fame and high renown,        5
For an auld sang—it’s thought the gudes were stown—
            Buy braw troggin, &c.
Here’s the worth o’ Broughton in a needle’s e’e;
Here’s a reputation tint by Balmaghie.
            Buy braw troggin, &c.        10
Here’s its stuff and lining, Cardoness’ head,
Fine for a soger, a’ the wale o’ lead.
            Buy braw troggin, &c.
Here’s a little wadset, Buittle’s scrap o’ truth,
Pawn’d in a gin-shop, quenching holy drouth.        15
            Buy braw troggin, &c.
Here’s an honest conscience might a prince adorn;
Frae the downs o’ Tinwald, so was never worn.
            Buy braw troggin, &c.
Here’s armorial bearings frae the manse o’ Urr;        20
The crest, a sour crab-apple, rotten at the core.
            Buy braw troggin, &c.
Here’s the worth and wisdom Collieston can boast;
By a thievish midge they had been nearly lost.
            Buy braw troggin, &c.        25
Here is Satan’s picture, like a bizzard gled,
Pouncing poor Redcastle, sprawlin’ like a taed.
            Buy braw troggin, &c.
Here’s the font where Douglas stane and mortar names;
Lately used at Caily christening Murray’s crimes.        30
            Buy braw troggin, &c.
Here is Murray’s fragments o’ the ten commands;
Gifted by black Jock to get them aff his hands.
            Buy braw troggin, &c.
Saw ye e’er sic troggin? if to buy ye’re slack,        35
Hornie’s turnin chapman—he’ll buy a’ the pack.
            Buy braw troggin, &c.


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