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Extract from 'Tam O'Shanter' by Robert Burns (audio clip)
The 23 second extract reads, 'Weel mounted on his gray mare, Meg, A better never lifted leg, Tam skelpit on thro' dub and mire; Despising wind, and rain, and fire; Whiles holding fast his gude blue bonnet; Whiles crooning o'er some auld Scots sonnet; Whiles glow'ring round wi' prudent cares, Lest bogles catch him unawares: Kirk-Alloway was drawing nigh, Whare ghaists and houlets nightly cry.'
According to Burns, Alloway Kirk, the burial place of his father, was the scene of many a good story of ghosts and witches. To accompany an illustration of the Kirk, which was to be published in Grose's 'Antiquities of Scotland', Burns agreed to write a witch story. The result was 'Tam o'Shanter', first published in Grose's 'Antiquities of Scotland' in April 1791.
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