Sic a Wife as Willie Had (Willie Wastle)

DESCRIPTION: "Willie Wastle dwalt on Tweed." I "wadna gie a button" for his wife. "Tinker Maggie was her mither." One eye, few teeth, limping leg, hump on back and breast. Her actions are as crude as her looks. "Sic a wife as Willie had."
AUTHOR: Robert Burns
EARLIEST DATE: 1792 (Scots Musical Museum)
KEYWORDS: humorous nonballad wife
FOUND IN: Canada(Mar)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Creighton-Maritime, p. 132, "Sic a Wife As Willie Had" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #2702
Bodleian, Harding B 11(4242), "Willie Wastle," W. Dixon (Workington), n.d.
cf. "King of the Castle" (lyrics)
NOTES [49 words]: Somewhere in the depths of my memory, there is a vague memory of a children's rhyme about Wullie Wastle, King of the Castle. The Opies print a different version as a form of Opie-Oxford2, #287, "I'm the king of the castle." Whether there is a relationship between that and this I do not know. - RBW
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File: CrMa132

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