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Willie Wastle

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Willie Wastle

Willie Wastle

Willie Wastle dwelt on Tweed,
  The spot they ca'd it Linkumdoddie.
Willie was a wabster guid
  Could stown a clue wi onie body.
He had a wife was dour and din,
   0, Tinkler Maidgie was her mither!
Sic a wife as Willie had,
   I wad na gie a button for her.

She has an e'e (she has but ane),
   The cat has twa the very colour,
Five rusty teeth, forbye a stump,
   A clapper-tongue wad deave a miller;
A whiskin beard about her mou,
   Her nose and chin they threaten ither:
Sic a wife as Willie had,
   I wad na gie a button for her.

She's bow-hough'd, she's hem-shin'd,
   Ae limpin leg a hand-breed shorter;
She's twisted right, she's twisted left,
   To balance fair in ilka guarter;
She has a hump upon her  breast,
   The twin o that upon her shouther:
Sic a wife as Willie had,
  I wad na gie a button for her.

Auld baudrans by the ingle sits,
   An wi her loof her face a-washin;
But Willie's wife is nae sae trig,
   She dights her grunzie wi a hushion;
Her walie nieves like midden-creels,
  Her face wad fyle the Logan Water:
Sic a wife as Willie had,
  I wad na gie a button for her

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