Reidcap Noo Reidcap he was there, And he was there indeed; And grimly he girned and glowered, Wi his reid cap on his heid. Then Reidcap gied a yell, It was a yell indeed; That the flesh neath ma oxter grew cauld, It grew as cauld as leid. Auld Bluidie-cowl gied a girn, It was a girn indeed; Syne ma flesh it grew mizzled for fear, And I stood like a thing that is deid. Last Reidcowl gied a leugh, It was a leugh indeed; Twas mair like a hoarse, hoarse scraugh, Syne a tooth fell oot o his heid. SC (1948), 175 (330), slightly Scottified from a poem in Border Magazine Aug. 1863, 117. (Cf. the same sort of sprite in Ukrainian folklore; see Gogol.)MS MS apr96
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