Reply To An Announcement By J. Rankine On His Writing To The Poet, That A Girl In That Part Of The Country Was With A Child To Him.

      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!