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" Nick, in shape o' beast; A towzie tyke, black, grim, and large, To gie them music was his charge: He screw'd the pipes and gart them skirl, Till roof and rafters a... "
Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Review - Page 68
1891
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A Treasury of Humorous Poetry: Being a Compilation of Witty, Facetious, and ...

Frederic Lawrence Knowles - 1902 - 508 pages
...shape o' beast; A tousie tyke, black, grim, and large, To gie them music was his charge; He screw'd the pipes, and gart them skirl, Till roof and rafters a' did dirl. Coffins stood round, like open presses, That shaw'd the dead in their last dresses; And by some devilish...
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Annual Burns Chronicle and Club Directory, Issues 5-6

1896 - 432 pages
...o' beast ; A towsie tyke, black, grim, and large, To gie them music was his charge : He screwed the pipes and gart them skirl, Till roof and rafters a' did dirl." The origin of this grotesque poetic conceit is as follows :• — When our great-grandfather was at...
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Heath Readings in the Literature of England

Tom Peete Cross, Clement Tyson Goode - 1927 - 1432 pages
...beast; 120 A tousie tyke, black, grim, and large, To gie them music was his charge: He screwed the ce the turnpike men Their gates wide open threw. 115 120 123 Coffins stood round, like open presses, 125 That shawed the dead in their last dresses; And, by some...
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Lectures on English Poets & The Spirit of the Age

William Hazlitt - 1928 - 374 pages
...o' beast; A touzie tyke, black, grim, and large, To gie them music was his charge ; He screw'd the pipes, and gart them skirl, Till roof and rafters a' did dirl — Coffins stood round like open presses, That shaw'd the dead in their last dresses; And, by some...
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The Study of Literature

Louise Dudley - 1928 - 416 pages
...shape o' beast; A tousie tyke, black, grim and large, To gie them music was his charge: He screw'd the pipes and gart them skirl, Till roof and rafters a' did dirl. Coffins stood round, like open presses, That shaw'd the dead in their last dresses; And, by some devilish...
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The Book of Humorous Verse

1920 - 1002 pages
...shape o' beast; A towzie tyke, black, grim, and large, To gie them music was his charge; He screw'd the pipes, and gart them skirl, Till roof and rafters a' did dirl. Coffins stood round, like open presses, That shaw'd the dead in their last dresses; And by some devilish...
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Songs and Poems of Robert Burns

Ralph Knight - 1959 - 246 pages
...shape o' beast; A tousie tyke, black, grim, and large, To gie them music was his charge: He screw'd the pipes and gart them skirl, Till roof and rafters a' did dirl. Coffins stood round, like open presses, That shaw'd the dead in their last dresses; And, by some devilish...
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The Columbia Anthology of British Poetry

Carl R. Woodring, James Shapiro - 1995 - 936 pages
...beast; 120 A towsie tyke, black, grim, and large. To gie them music was his charge; He screwed the pipes and gart them skirl. Till roof and rafters a' did dirl. Coffins stood round like open presses, That shawed the dead in their last dresses; And by some devilish...
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Music, Witchcraft and the Paranormal

Melvyn J. Willin - 2005 - 322 pages
...o' beast; A towzie tyke, black, grim, and large, To gi'e them music was his charge: He screwed the pipes and gart them skirl, Till roof and rafters a' did dirl!" (Burns, 1791, p. 124) Burns assigns the Devil the job of playing the pipes to which the warlocks and...
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