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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 aní dinna rype

Aní dinna tell a lee.

For gin ye cliep a craw sall name ye

Aní gin ye rype a daw sall shame ye;

Aní a snail sall heeze its hornies oot

Aní hike them rouní aní rouní aboot

Gin ye tell a lee.


Aince upon a day, as I walkit aí my lane,

I met a daw, aní monie a craw,

Aní a snail upon a stane.

Up gaed the daw aní didna shame me:

Up gaed ilk craw aní didna name me:

But the wee snail heezed its hornies oot

Aní hikíd them rouní aní rouní aboot

Aní ----------- goggled at me.

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