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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
302. Elegy on Willie Nicol’s Mare
 
 
PEG NICHOLSON was a good bay mare,
  As ever trod on airn;
But now she’s floating down the Nith,
  And past the mouth o’ Cairn.
 
Peg Nicholson was a good bay mare,        5
  An’ rode thro’ thick and thin;
But now she’s floating down the Nith,
  And wanting even the skin.
 
Peg Nicholson was a good bay mare,
  And ance she bore a priest;        10
But now she’s floating down the Nith,
  For Solway fish a feast.
 
Peg Nicholson was a good bay mare,
  An’ the priest he rode her sair;
And much oppress’d and bruis’d she was,        15
  As priest-rid cattle are,—&c. &c.
 

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