MS: 'O gude ale comes & gude ale goes' and an unknown song.

Robert Burns, Author 
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This manuscript contains two songs, one on each side. The first song, O, Gude Ale Comes is most likely a song collected by Burns and reworked before it was sent to James Johnson for inclusion in the Scots Musical Museum. The song tells of the highs and lows of enjoying 'gude ale' to excess.

The reverse shows a fragment of an unfinished song, which Burns has crossed out. It is unknown whether Burns wrote this on his own or if he based it on an earlier song he had gathered from around Scotland. This song tells the tale of a spurned lover and how he is glad to see his unfaithful lover go.

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