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Maggie

An old mare belonging to Burns, and the subject of his poem: 'The Auld Farmer's New Year Morning Salutation to his Auld Mare, Maggie.' The poem says:
"It's now some nine an' twenty year,
Sin' thou was my guidfather's meere;
He gied me thee, o' tocher clear, [dowry
An' fifty mark; [Scots coin worth 13s. 4d.
Tho' it was sma', 'twas weel-won gear, [well-earned money
An thou was stark." [strong
Having given the mare her ripp of corn, the poet, anticipating 'John Anderson, my jo', remembers the experiences man and animal have shared:
"We've worn to crazy years thegither;
We'll toyte about wi' ane anither; [stagger
Wi' tentie care I'll flit thy tether
To some hain'd rig, [reserved piece of ground
Whare ye may nobly rax your leather [stretch
Wi' sma' fatigue."
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