Wee Willie Winkie

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Wee Willie Winkie
Runs through the town,.

Upstairs and downstairs
In his nightgown.

Rapping at the windows,
Crying through the lock,.

"Are the children all in bed?
For it's now eight o'clock".

The Scottish Poetry Version

Wee Willie Winkie rins through the toun,
Up stairs and doon stairs in his nicht-goun,
Tirlin' at the window, cryin' at the lock,
'Are the weans in their bed, for it's noo ten o'clock?'.

'Hey, Willie Winkie, are ye comin' ben?
The cat's singin' grey thrums to the sleepin' hen,
The dog's spelder'd on the floor, and disna gi'e a cheep,
But here's a waukrife laddie that winna fa' asleep!'.

Onything but sleep, you rogue! glow'ring like the mune,
Rattlin' in an airn jug wi' an airn spune,
Rumblin', tumblin' round about, crawin' like a cock,
Skirlin' like a kenna-what, wauk'nin' sleepin' fock.

'Hey, Willie Winkie - the wean's in a creel!
Wambling aff a bodie's knee like a verra eel,
Ruggin' at the cat's lug, and ravelin' a' her thrums
Hey, Willie Winkie - see, there he comes!'.

Wearit is the mither that has a stoorie wean,
A wee stumple stoussie, that canna rin his lane,
That has a battle aye wi' sleep before he'll close an ee
But a kiss frae aff his rosy lips gies strength anew to me.

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Information About Wee Willie Winkie

This nursery rhyme is a Scottish nursery rhyme; written by William Miller it was first published in Whistle-binkie: Stories for the Fireside in 1841.

Wee Willie Winkie" a character forever associated with sleep was possibly a child's version of the Town Crier who went about checking all the children were in bed on time.

According to "The Annotated Mother Goose,' "Wee Willie Winkie" was the nickname given to William Prince of Orange, later William III of England.

Some additional information regarding the meaning of the unusual words in the song can be found on the website Rampant Scotland.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

Just 1 verse for this version

Wee Willie Winkie my son John went to bed with his trousers on,
One shoe on and one shoe off,
Wee Willie Winkie my son John.

You can also sing to this one

Wee Willie Winkie
Runs through town,
Upstairs and downstairs
In his nightgown,
Knocking on the window,
Crying through the lock
"Are the children all in bed?
It's past eight o'clock."

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Alpha Skua, USA

29 April 2015 at 9:52pm

they did this one on Bullwinkle's Poetry Corner he plays Wee Willie Winkie and gets arrested a prowler

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Jodie, United Kingdom

29 October 2012 at 1:56pm

Love this nursery rhyme, it's my all time favourite. I dont give a cheep about any other nursery ryhmes

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Lauren, United Kingdom

20 August 2011 at 10:11am

im from scotland so i love the scottish version the right scot words and everything nice on thanks for posting!

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Sharon, Canada

20 May 2011 at 7:22pm

I remember having a plastic glass that had pictures portraying that rhyme all over it. I loved that glass and always had chocolate milk in it while I read it to myself. I think the pictures finally started wearing off and my mother threw it away but I still love the poem. Thanks for posting this wonderful memory.

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Burberry, Hold

30 August 2010 at 6:48am

Holyroodhouse fell into neglect and became the residence of many noblemen who lost their position.charms

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