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Wee Joukydaidles
by J Smith

Click here to listen to this story in Real Audio read by Marilyn P Wright

                            Wee Joukydaidles,
                                Toddlin' out an' in :
                            Oh but she's a cuttie,
                                Makin' a sair din !
                            Aye sae fou' o' mischief,
                                An' minds na what I say :
                            My verra heart gangs loup, loup,
                                Fifty times a-day !
 
                            Wee Joukydaidles -
                                Where's the stumpie noo ?
                            She's peepin' thro' the cruivie,
                                An' lauchin' to the soo !
                            Noo she sees my angry e'e,
                                An' aff she's like a hare !
                            Lassie, when I get ye,
                                I'll scud ye till I'm sair !
 
                            Wee Joukydaidles -
                                Noo she's breakin' dishes -
                            Noo she's soakit i' the burn,
                                Catchin' little fishes -
                            Noo she's i' the barn-yard,
                                Playin' wi' the fouls ;
                            Feedin' them wi' butter-bakes,
                                Snaps, an' sugar-bools.
 
                            Wee Joukydaidles -
                                Oh, my heart it's broke !
                            She's torn my braw new wincey
                                To mak' a dolly's frock -
                            There's the goblet owre the fire !
                                The jaud ! she weel may rin !
                            No a tattie ready yet,
                                An' faither comin' in !
 
                            Wee Joukydaidles -
                                Where's the smoukie noo !
                            She's hidin' i' the coal-hole
                                Cryin' "Keekyboo !" -
                            Noo she's at the fireside,
                                Pu'in' pussy's tail -
                            Noo she's at the broun bowl,
                                Suppin' a' the kail !
 
                            Wee Joukydaidles -
                                Paidlin' i' the shower -
                            There she's at the windy !
                                Haud her, or she's owre !
                            Noo she's slippit frae my sicht :
                                Where's the wean at last ?
                            In the byre amang the kye,
                                Sleepin', soun' an' fast.

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