Excellent new song, called, The smugglers and the gaugers/The Smugglers' Escape from the Jail

Excellent new song, called, The smugglers and the gaugers  (between 1810 and 1825) 
The Smugglers' Escape from the Jail



AirMiller o' Dron.

Come all you prisoners in this jail,
rejoice both late and airly,
Since Duncan he has gi’en the bag
to a’ the jailors fairly.
They brought him up from room to room,
to number three by chance;
But Providence to him was kind,
and brought him down at once.


Wi' his hizie tizie, soft and easy,
in spite of a' the crew.
He cut their staunchers wi’ a saw,
and bade them a' adieu.

How could he stand the cruel band;
the Bailies and his foes?
Their bread and water he’s exchang’d
for good old Scotish brase.
They thought they had him firm and fast,
which cheer’d them one and a’;
But how their faple it did hing,
when Duncan wan awa’!
Wi’ his hizie, &c.

Contented he could never be,
their usage was so rude,
It rais’d his spirits all at once,
an’ fir’d his highland blood,
To think that he for fourteen years
was to be sent away;
But by a rope he down did drop,
an’ bade them a good day.

Unsatisfy’d with his hard fate,
he always (illegible text) did maurn;
But now he’s fairly out of this,
I hope he’ll no’er return.

Tho’ Stirling bagles range about
an’ strive to bring him back,
If e’er they chance to meet with him,
their crowns, I hope, he’ll crack.

What famous fun it was to me,
to see him on the street,
And how he skipt and lap about,
when he gat to his feet!
With hat in hand he did not stand,
till he the guard was past;
He came from liberty at first,
he’s lauded there at last.

Five months they kept him in this hole;
but now they daily mourn,
Because he’s ta’en a flight from them,
and never will return.
The people flock’d to see the hole,
which made the Bailies rage!
A Smith was brought immediately,
to mend the iron cage.


Falkirk — T.Johnston, Printer.

This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.