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Brezvster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana             221
2.    "First ye maun dress your children fair
And put them a' in their gear, And ye maun turn the malt, John,
Or else you'll spoil the beer. And ye maun reel the tweel, John,
That I spun yesterday; And ye maun ca' in the hens, John,
Else they'll a* lay away."
3.      O he did dress his children fair
And put them a' in their gear, But he forgot to turn the malt,
And so he spoiled the beer. And he sang aloud as he reePd the tweel
That his wife spun yesterday, But he forgot to put up the hens,
And the hens a' laid away.
4.      The hawkit crummie loot doun nae milk,
He kirned nor butter gat; And a* gaed wrang and naught gaed right,
He danced wi* rage and grat. Then up he ran to head of the knowe
Wi' mony a wave and shout; She heard him as she heard him not,
And steered the stots about.
5.      John Grumlie's wife came hame at e'en
And laughed as she'd been mad When she saw the house in siccan a plight
And John sae glum and sad. Quoth he: "I gie up my housewife's kep;
I'll be nae mair gudewife." "Indeed," qu* she, "Fm weel content;
You may keep it the rest of your life."

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