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220 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
4.   "And you must watch the speckled hen
For fear she'll lay astray, And you must wind the bobbin of thread That I spun yesterday."
5.     The old woman took the staff in her hand
To go and follow the plow; The old man took the pail in his hand To milk the teeny cow.
6.     But Teeny winched1 and Teeny flinched,
And Teeny curled her nose, And gave the old man such a kick in the face The blood ran down to his toes.
7.     The old man took the basket of corn
To give the hogs their hire; The old sow ran between his legs
And threw him down in the mire.
8.     The old man watched the speckled hen
For fear she'd lay astray, But forgot to wind the bobbin of thread His wife spun yesterday.
9.     The old man swore by sun, moon, and stars
And the green leaves on the tree, That his wife could do more work in a day Than he could do in three.
"John Grumlie." Contributed by Mr. William Jardine, of Terre Haute, Indiana. Vigo County. Learned in Scotland from the singing of his father, Alexander Jardine. July 7, 1935.
1. John Grumlie he swore by the light o' the moon And the green leaves on the tree That he could do more work in a day
Than his wife could do in three. His wife rose up in the morning Wi' cares and troubles eneugh: "John Grumlie, bide at hame, John, And I'll gae haud the pleugh.
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