How Nannie Leaped and Kicked

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Witches dance to the Devil playing the bagpipe, by the light of torches held by corpses
But here my muse her wing must curb,
Such flights as far beyond her power:
To sing how Nannie leaped and kicked
(A supple youth she was and strong);
And how Tam stood like one bewitched.

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Witches are having a sabbath dance to the music of the Devil playing the bagpipe in the foreground and by the light of torches held by corpses in their coffins as a stunned Tam O’Shanter watches from a window, wearing the signature bonnet to which he gave his name.

The caption reads in the original:

But here my muse her wing maun cour;
Sic flights are far beyond her pow’r;
To sing how Nannie lap and flang,
(A souple jade she was, and strang),
And how Tam stood, like ane bewitch’d.

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