First in the Garden is a Raw First in the garden is a raw Of elder bushes fit to blaw, A bed o' balm, and a bed o' mint, A broken pot, and flowers in't. A currant bush and a codlin tree, A little rue and rosemarie; A row or twa o' beans and peas, A guinea-hen and a hive o' bees; A mufty tufty bantam cock, A garden gate without a lock; A dial cut upon a stone, A wooden bench to sit upon. The house is neat, and pretty squat, It's safer in the storm for that. A looking window through the latch, A broken door and a wooden catch; And for the knocker there is a foot Of poor dead Pompey tied to't, So that they may remember him, Whenever they go out and in. ________________________________________________________ Chambers PRS (1847), 289; (1870), 158; Scottified in Montgomerie SNR (1946), 56 (no. 52). MS oct96
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