A Scotch Prayer.
One of the most notable men for homely fireside eloquence was Adam Scott, of Upper Dalgleish. Here is a short sample of his prayers:—" We parteeclarly thank Thee for Thy great gudeness to Meg, and that it ever cam into Your head to tak ony thoughts o' sic a useless bow-wow as her " (alluding to a little girl of his who had been miraculously saved from drowning). "For Thy mercy's sake—for the sake o' Thy puir sinfu' creeturs now addressing Thee in their shilly-shally way, and for the sake o' mair than we daur weel name to Thee, hae mercy on our Rob. Ye ken Yoursel' he's a wild mischevious callant, and thinks nae mair o' committing sin than a dog does o' licking a dish. But put Thy hook intil his nose, and Thy bridle intil hia gab, and gar him come back to Thee, wi' a jerk, that he'll no forget the langest day he has to live. Dinna forget puir Jamie, who's far awa' frae us the night. Keep Thy arm o' power about him, and, eech sir, I wish Ye wad endow him wi' a little spunk and smeddum to act for his sel; for if Ye dinna, he'll be but a bauchie i' the warld, and a backsitter i' the next. Thou hast added ane to our family. (One of hia, sous had just married against his approbation.) So has been Thy will. It wad never hae be mine. But, if it is o' Thee, do Thou bless the connection. But, if the fule hath done it against a' reason and credit, may the cauld rain o' adversity settle in his habitation."
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A Scotch Prayer., Evening Star, Issue 7988, 17 August 1889, Supplement
A Scotch Prayer. Evening Star, Issue 7988, 17 August 1889, Supplement
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