Wee Willie Winkie
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.
Wee Willie Winkie Alternative Lyrics
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
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
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