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Aince Upon a Day
by William Soutar

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Kenzie Wallace aged 8
Kenzie Wallace aged 8

 Aince upon a day my mither said to me:

Dinna Cleip an~ez_rsquo~ dinna rype

An~ez_rsquo~ dinna tell a lee.

For gin ye cliep a craw sall name ye

An~ez_rsquo~ gin ye rype a daw sall shame ye;

An~ez_rsquo~ a snail sall heeze its hornies oot

An~ez_rsquo~ hike them roun~ez_rsquo~ an~ez_rsquo~ roun~ez_rsquo~ aboot

Gin ye tell a lee.

 

Aince upon a day, as I walkit a~ez_rsquo~ my lane,

I met a daw, an~ez_rsquo~ monie a craw,

An~ez_rsquo~ a snail upon a stane.

Up gaed the daw an~ez_rsquo~ didna shame me:

Up gaed ilk craw an~ez_rsquo~ didna name me:

But the wee snail heezed its hornies oot

An~ez_rsquo~ hik~ez_rsquo~d them roun~ez_rsquo~ an~ez_rsquo~ roun~ez_rsquo~ aboot

An~ez_rsquo~ ----------- goggled at me.

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