from The Century Dictionary.
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And spring will cleed the birken shaw: [clothe, birch woods]
But its a greater kin'ness to clout him nor to cleed him.
Forbye, gin ye began wi 'his claes, ye wadna ken whaur to haud; for it wad jist be the new claith upo' the auld garment: ye micht as weel new cleed him at ance. '
Ye dee eneuch for me, Sir Gilbert, a'ready; an 'though I wad be obleeged to you as I wad to my mither hersel', to cleed me gien I warna dacent, I winna tak your siller nor naebody ither's to gang fine.
Gin the clergy o 'thae times warna a gey hantle mair enlichtened nor a fowth o' the clergy hereabouts, he wad hae heard a heap aboot the glory o 'God, as the thing' at God himsel 'was maist anxious aboot uphaudin', jist like a prood creater o 'a king; an' that he wad mak 'men, an' feed them, an 'cleed them, an' gie them braw wives an 'toddlin' bairnies, an 'syne damn them, a' for's ain glory.