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Poem by Robert Burns


Willie's Wife


WILLIE WASTLE dwalt on Tweed,
  The spot they cad it Linkumdoddie;
Willie was a wabster guid,
  Coud stown a clue wi ony body.
He had a wife was dour and din,
  O Tinkler Madgie was her mither;
Sic a wife as Willie had,
  I wad na gie a button for her!

She has an ee, she has but ane,
  The cat has twa the very colour:
Five rusty teeth, forbye a stump,
  A clapper tongue wad deave a miller;
A whiskin beard about her mou,
  Her nose and chin they threaten ither;
Sic a wife, &c.

Shes bow-houghd, shes hein shinnd,
  Ae limpin leg a hand-breed shorter;
Shes twisted right, shes twisted left,
  To balance fair in ilka quarter:
She has a hump upon her breast,
  The twin o that upon her shouther;
Sic a wife, &c.

Auld baudrons by the ingle sits,
  An wi her loof her face a-washin;
But Willies wife is nae sae trig,
  She dights her grunzie wi a hushion;
Her walie nieves like midden-creels,
  Her face wad fyle the Logan-water;
Sic a wife as Willie had,
  I wad na gie a button for her!



                      Robert Burns


Robert Burns's other poems:
  1. Tam Samsons Elegy
  2. O Lassie, Art Thou Sleeping Yet?
  3. Scroggam
  4. Stanzas on the Same Occasion
  5. The First Psalm


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