With an Answer to Mr. Guild's Vindication of the Brandy-Bottle of Kinkegolaw, which is not here mentioned.

Being the Tragedy of the Duke de Alva, alias Gray-beard, or the Complaint of the Bran­dy Bottle, lost by a poor Carriour by falling from the Handle, and found by a Company of the Presbitry of Peebles near to Kinke­golaw, as they returned from Glasgow, im­mediatly after they had taken the Test.

Printed in the Year 1700.

The Tragedy of the Duke de Alva, alias Gray-Beard, or the Complaint of the Brandie Bottle, lost by a poor Carriour by falling from the Handle, and found by a Campany of the Presbytery of Peebles near to Kinkegolaw, as they returned from Glasgow, im­mediatly after they had taken the Test.

IT fell upon the Moneth of November,
A fatal Fall my Bodie did Dismember:
Many shall tell the Tale that never saw,
The Brandy-Bottle of Kinkegolaw.
Where groaning on the ground I chanc'd to spy
Two Men in Black devoutly passing by;
So when my feeble voice their ears could reach
Poor antient Gray-beard thus began to preach
O Sons of Levi, Ministers of Grace,
Have some regard to my right reverend Face;
My broken Shoulders, and my wrinkled Brow,
Calls fast for Pity and Supply from you;
Help, Godly Sirs, and if it be your Will,
Convey me safely Home to Bigger-Mill;
[Page 3]Where going to the Widow I was lost,
Alas! I fear the Carriour pay the cost.
Poor Soul, if this mischance should him betide,
He has no more in all the World beside.
They did not relish this Discourse of mine,
But vow'd the poor should soon be out of pine;
And took me Prisoner to Kinkegolaw
Where store of that Black Company I saw:
Fy Sirs, said I you have at Glasgow, been,
Swearing Alledgeance to your God and King;
So do not superad so foul a Deed,
And take poor Gray-beard's blood upon your head,
This cruelty sore should you all repent,
Were he but here whose Picture I present,
And yet before we part, I'll so prevail,
The best of you shall strive to kiss my Tail,
This I was taught when Gray beard I was call'd
That proper, pure religion, and undefil'd;
The Widows Case and Fatherless did notice,
And ne'r drank out, but filld their empty botles
At first they pitied my Lifeless Skin,
But when they found some cordial heat within
They flock'd about & quickly me surrounded
And cruelly unto the Heart me wounded:
[Page 4]They said de Alva never took the Test,
Therefore rank Papist go unto thy rest;
And brag of thy right honourable Tomb:
When thou art buri'd in a Testers Womb,
Right blyth they were & drank to one anoth [...]
And still th'health went round, here to you br [...] th [...]
I love thy blood so well says Master Boe,
Thy Bones to Tweed shall in Procession go,
At last the Hostes of the House came in,
Finding the Brethren in a merry pin,
She tells them that a Carriour poor had lost;
The Brandy-Botle whereof they did boast;
And for a sure unquestionable Token,
Here is the hand look ye where it was broke [...]
So grave and reverend Sirs be but so handsome
To take a double Gill for Gray-breads ransom [...]
At which their godly Wisdoms were confoun [...] i [...]
For they had no intention to refound it.

Mr. P. Purdy Speaks.

Yet one stood up in Name of all the rest,
And swore he bought it when he took the Test
So be he Poor or Rich the Brandy lost,
Till Doomsday we shall never pay the cost.
[Page 5]This Wife wil Lodge none be it Paul or Peter
If once they take the test, for fear they cheat her
You shall not find a Cloyster of such Clouns,
Search all the Squads of Troupers or Dragouns
Survey the Country, try the Broken Lairds,
Search Mar & Lithgows regiments of guards)
Such sprit Liquor cures Us of all Sorrow;
Courage we'll take another Test to Morrow:
And after all is done, we can Recant,
And swear to Tenor, Test or Covenant:
While we are here, we'll no Advantage shun,
There is no Brandy in the World to come,

An Answer to Mr. Guild's Vindi­cation.

[...]nfamous Scribler, Natures Fool and Shame!
O senseless Satyre, Beast without a Name;
Thou scandal to Devotion, scurvy Priest,
Why made thou earnest of a merry Jest?
Base Ballader, had thou no Remorse,
To turn poor Gray-heads Case from bad to worse
[...]ll my thy slanderous Tongue for ever smart,
Though it run parallel with thy false heart,
[Page 6]And cudgel thy dry Carcase into Tears,
Were't not for the sacred Coat thou bears.
What Mortal can read manners, good or gra [...]
In the dark Lanthern of thy Gipsies Face:
Thou neasty Negro, filthy reasty Ram,
A skin like that of a Westphalia-ham;
Egyptian Mummy out of sight be gone.
Let none but Surgeons view thy Scaleton.
A Female amorous that were in Love,
At thy first view would soon abortive prove
If by misfortune she should chance to see,
So foul a Compound of Disformitie.
Thou calls the Author fool that never hear [...]
How Spaniards wear Mustachoes & no beard
Obscure Phantastick Fellow let alone,
I have seen 500 Spaniards for thy one:
And yet I swear of all thy Sun-brunt Crew,
I saw not one had thy prodigious Hew:
Granting that this the Spaniards Custom we [...]
In every place are not some singular?
Bold Igno [...]amus, what needs all thir Jarrs?
Read thou but Strabo on the Belgick Wars;
Where thou wilt see D. Alvas Beard & Face,
The Dutch drew on their Bottles in disgrace.
[Page 7]Thou Poetasters Ape, stain to thy Nation
Vile Product of some monstruous Copulation
Officious Guild, where were thy Fancy brags,
When Gullenstript thee from thy Lousie-rags.
And wilt thou Verifie that general Evil,
Let Beggars tide, they'l gallop to the Devil.
Did this look Gospel-like, Guilddar thou say't
To drink the poor Mans Bottle & not pay't
Or was it seemly for a Man that Preaches,
To steal away the Bottle in his Breeches,
Look that thy absence make the not despair,
And cut thy Throat, because thou mist a share
For sure it was, it put the in a Rapture,
That thou forgot both Prayer, Grace & Chapter
Thy wiser Brethren silent were & sorrie,
Such Fools as thou do make their shame their glory
Thou wilt not have that fault so much as nam'd
Which they themselves first openlie Proclaim'd
Thine was a Raling not a Vindication,
And makes thee now Ridiculous to the Nation
Why does this Fellow thus his Follie vent
Doth Boe or He our whole Church Represent?
Among the Apostles was there not a Cheat,
And see we not the Tares grow with the What
[Page 8]Don't hising snaks cloud the fair glistring mo [...]
And grow not naughtie Gull among the Cor [...]
Clap to thy stomack this my blistring Plaist [...]
And Learn no more to meddle with thy Mast [...]
Which if thou do, the next it will be sharpe [...]
I Fear not thee, far less Tom Suter Harper
Whom I could whip, but Credit me restrai [...]
Because the Fellow is not worth my pains.
Now show thy self great Caesar Man or ni [...]
O Guild thou fool, mock Preacher at Kirkm [...]

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