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Monday, 8 September 2014

Cupid Thrown into the South-Sea* by Allan Ramsay

Myrtilla1, as like Venus‘ sell2,
As e’er an Egg was like anither,
Anes3 Cupid met upon the Mall,
And took her for his bonny Mither.

He wing’d his way up to her breast:
She started, he cry’d, Mam, ’tis me;
The Beauty, in o’er rash a Jest
Flang4 the Arch-Gytling5 in South-Sea.

Frae thence he raise wi’ gilded Wings,
His Bow and Shafts to Gowd were chang’d;
Deel’s i’ the sea, quoth he, it dings6;
Syne7 back to Mall and Park he rang’d.

Breathing Mischief, the God look’d gurly8,
With Transfers a’ his Darts were feather’d;
He made a horrid hurly burly,
Where Beaus and Belles were thickest gather’d.

He tentily9 Myrtilla sought,
And in the thrang10 Change-Alley11 got her;
He drew his Bow, and quick, as Thought
With a braw12 new Subscription13 shot her.

*This poem is about the South Sea Bubble which began in 1711 with the creation of the South Sea Company and led to a financial crash in 1720 that ruined many investors

1Myrtilla – myrtle is one of the plants associated with Venus
2Sell – self
3Anes – once
4Flang – threw
5Gytling – rascal, rogue, vagabond, bastard
6Dings – beats, pushes, shoves
7Syne – then
8Gurly – stormy, bitter, bleak
9Tentily – carefully, attentively
10Thrang – crowded
11Change-Alley – Stock Exchange
12Braw – great, big, large
13Subscription – way of raising funds on the Stock Exchange

From: Ramsay, Allan, Poems, Mercury: Edinburgh, 1720, p. 287.

Date: 1720

By: Allan Ramsay (1686-1758)