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What is the meaning of 'Maytey' in John Clare's poem titled 'To an April Daisy'?

It starts with the line, which is "Welcome old Maytey peeping once again."

Does it mean 'mate' in a familiar style?

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    The full OED doesn't include maytey. My guess is it's a "poetic pun" drawing on colloquial mate = matey = pal = chum = friend = comrade AND the month of May (the poem is actually called To an April Daisy), plus perhaps a nod towards may-flower. But that's just my guess - the question itself is inherently Off Topic, since any answers can only really be "opinions". – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Mar 27 at 14:21
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    This is apparently from the period 1822-1837, and so maytey might have been in regular use. His poetry also contains the words blest and kye. – Weather Vane Mar 27 at 14:37

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