Clutched Her by the Rump

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A man runs away on the back of a galloping horse, look in fright at the creature behind him
One spring brought off her master whole,
But left behind her own grey tail:
The old woman clutched her by the rump,
And left poor Maggie scarce a stump.

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Robarts Library, Internet Archive

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A man wearing traditional Scottish garments runs away at dawn on the back of a galloping, wide-eyed horse, while casting a scared glance at the creature standing behind him on the horse’s rump and holding on to the tail.

The caption reads in the original:

Ae spring brought off her master hale,
But left behind her ain gray tail;
The carlin claught her by the rump,
And left poor Maggie scarce a stump.

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