The Wee Wee Man
No: 38; variant: 38E
- AS I was walking mine alone,
Betwext the water and the wa,
There I spied a wee wee man,
He was the least ane that eer I saw.
- His leg was scarse a shaftmont lang,
Both thick and nimble was his knee;
Between his eyes there was a span,
Betwixt his shoulders were ells three.
- This wee wee man pulled up a stone,
He flang’t as far as I could see;
Tho I had been like Wallace strong,
I wadna gotn’t up to my knee.
- I said, Wee man, oh, but you’re strong!
Where is your dwelling, or where may’t be?
‘My dwelling’s at yon bonnie green;
Fair lady, will ye go and see?’
- On we lap, and awa we rade,
Until we came to yonder green;
We lichtit down to rest our steed,
And there cam out a lady soon.
- Four and twenty at her back,
And every one of them was clad in green;
Altho he had been the King of Scotland,
The warst o them a’ micht hae been his queen.
- There were pipers playing in every neuk,
And ladies dancing, jimp and sma,
And aye the owre-turn o their tune
Was ‘Our wee wee man has been lang awa.’