| Address to the toothache|
ADDRESS TO THE TOOTHACHE
Toothache’s not much fun. Robert Burns had sore teeth few
times in his life and wrote Address to the Toothache about his
experiences, performed for Scots Hoose by Brooke Walker. The poem shows how bad
toothache can be and reminds us to brush our teeth.
That shoots my tortur'd gums alang,
And thro my lug gies monie a twang
Wi gnawin vengeance,
Tearin my nerves wi bitter pang,
Like rackin engines!
I throw the wee stools o'er the mickle.
While roond the fire the giglets keckle,
To see me lowp.
And ravin mad, I wish a heckle
Were i' their dowp!
Rheumatics gnaw, or colic squeezes,
Oor neebors sympathise to ease us,
Wi pityin moan;
But thee! - thou hell o a' diseases -
They mock oor groan!
Ill-hairsts, daft bargains, cutty-stools,
Or worthy freens laid i' the mools,
Sad sicht to see!
The tricks o knaves, or fash o fools -
Thou bear'st the gree!
Whare aw the tones o misery yell,
And ranked plagues their numbers tell,
In dreidfu raw,
Thou, Toothache, surely bear'st the bell,
Amang them aw!
That gars the notes o discord squeel,
Till human kind aft dance a reel
In gore, a shoe-thick,
Gie aw the faes o Scotland's weal
A towmond's toothache!