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Donald Cooper

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Donald Cooper

Donald Cooper

Donald Cooper, carle, quo' she,
  Can ye gird my coggie?
Couthie carline, that I can,
  As weel's ony bodie.

There ane about the mou' o't,
And ane about the body o't,
And ane about the leggen o't,
  And that's a girdit coggie!

     Chambers PRS (1847), 179; (1870), 17.  Ford CR 21;
     Montgomerie SNR (1946), 119 (no. 150).
Leggen here =  "the projection of the staves beyond the
bottom of a barrel, usually bearing the lowest of its hoops,
the hoop itself" (SND).

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