He was only fut for a pugsty, an' a dom puir apology for thot same.
But ut wull show ye what a puir fellow thot mate was.
I'm only a puir
woman, my leddy--d'ye mean yer husband here?
21) and gif the persewer and defender be puir
and may nocht pay the vnlaw thai sall be pvnist in thair persouns.
What care some gentry if they're weel though a' the puir
Little Annie's greetin' tae/ Sae whit can puir
wee Mammy dae/ But gie them a penny atween them twae/ Tae buy mair Coulter's Candy.
50) And yet, the responsibility seems to fall on "that puir
doited deevil of a knight-baronet" (212), as Edie Ochiltree describes Wardour.
Hope they catch him before he does it to some puir
ye cry as ye see the puir
shilpit ard lad hirpling aboot the mart at Wooler (if there's a mart at Wooler yet).
This is also the stage the poet sets in the prologue to her dream, which describes the poet as removed from society, "In companie I no waies could remaine, / But fled resort, and so alone did goe" (A2r), and proceeds in a kind of personal prayer, "Than I began my lamentatioun,/and said, O Lord, how lang is it thy will, / That thy puir
Sancts [the communion of "a great many Christians"?
Maggie Lacey ("a puir
brown hillside lassie"), Sloane Shelton (her "puir
auld mither") and David Don Miller ("yon brave and honest lad," who derails passing trains to attract paying customers to the local inn) play these foxes with a totally untrustworthy air of innocence.
We never see puir
working folk Wi' bauchles on their feet, Like perfect icicles wi' cauld, Gaun starving through the street.