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WADDS AND THE WEARS 325
giver into a wadd, out of which he is relieved in the following
The ploughman says to the one in the wadd, " Whether will
ye hae three questions and two commands, or three commands
and two questions to answer, or gang on wi', sae that ye may
win out o' the wadd ? ' For the one so fixed has always the
choice which of these to take. Suppose he takes the first, two
commands and three questions, then a specimen of these may
be—" I command ye to kiss the crook," says the ploughman,
which must be completely obeyed by the one in the wadd; his
naked lips must kiss the sooty implement. Secondly, says
the ploughman, I command ye to stand up in that neuk
" Here stan' I, as stiff's a stake,
Wha 'ill kiss me for pity's sake ? "
which must also be done; in a corner of the house must he stand and repeat this couplet, until some tender-hearted lass relieves him. Then the questions are asked, such as—"Suppose you were in a bed with Maggie Lowden and Jennie Logan, your twa great sweethearts, what ane o'm wad ye ding owre the bedside, and what ane wad ye turn to and clap and cuddle ? " He has to choose one, perhaps to the great mirth of the company. Secondly, " Suppose ye were stannin' stark naked on the tap o' Cairnhattie, whether wad ye cry on Peggie Kirtle or Nell o' Killimingie to come wi' your claise ? " He has again to choose. Lastly, " Suppose ye were in a boat wi' Tibbie Tait, Mary Kairnie, Sally Snadrap, and Kate o' Minnieive, and it was to coup wi' ye, what ane o' 'em wad ye sink ? what ane wad ye soom ? wha wad ye bring to Ian' ? and wha wad ye marry ?" Then he has again to choose between the girls named.
Chambers gives the following versions of the " Wadds " :— The wadds was played by a group seated round the hearth fire, the lasses being on one side and the lads on the other. The questions are asked and answers given alternately. A lad first chants—
0 it's hame, and it's hame, and it's hame, hame, hame,
1 think this night 1 maun gae hame.