Aince upon a day my mither said to me:
Dinna Cleip an dinna rype
An dinna tell a lee.
For gin ye cliep a craw sall name ye
An gin ye rype a daw sall shame ye;
An a snail sall heeze its hornies oot
An hike them roun an roun aboot
Gin ye tell a lee.
Aince upon a day, as I walkit a my lane,
I met a daw, an monie a craw,
An a snail upon a stane.
Up gaed the daw an didna shame me:
Up gaed ilk craw an didna name me:
But the wee snail heezed its hornies oot
An hikd them roun an roun aboot