Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, VERSES TO J. RANKINE, by ROBERT BURNS

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First Line: I am a keeper of the law
Last Line: A whaup's I' the nest!
Subject(s): Gossip

I am a keeper of the law
In some sma' points, altho' not a';
Some people tell me gin I fa',
Ae way or ither,
The breaking of ae point, tho' sma',
Breaks a' thegither.

I hae been in for't ance or twice,
And winna say o'er far for thrice;
Yet never met wi' that surprise
That broke my rest;
But now a rumour's like to rise --
A whaup's i' the nest!

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