There Was a Wee Bit Poussie
There was a wee bit poussie,
Wha lived alane, wha lived alane;
She had a wee bit hoosie
Was made o' stane, was made o' stane;
She cleaned it out baith but and ben
A' on her knees, a' on her knees,
And there she fand a mousie,
A-nibblin' cheese, a-nibblin' cheese.
She says, Come out, wee mousie,
And ye shall see, and ye shall see,
A bonnie wee bit housie
I've built for thee, I've built for thee.
Na na, ma nestie is owre dear,
For though 'tis sma', for though 'tis sma',
I think I'll bide masel right here,
Ye'd eat me a', ye'd eat me a'.
Coll. by M.S., Newbattle, 1973; 2.5-8 are conjectural
only: recited by informant's grandmother, Perthshire, c.
1915, and attributed to a rhymer named Dougal Rae.