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    • POEM: Willie Wastle by Robert Burns (1/26/2010 1:15:00 PM)

      Willie Wastle dwelt on Tweed,
      The spot they called it Linkumdoddie.
      Willie was a weaver good
      Could stown a clew with any body.
      packs a ball of thread'.)
      He had a wife was sullen and dun (dark complexioned) ,
      O, Tinker (Gypsy) Maidgeie was her mother!
      Such a wife as Willie had,
      I would not give a button for her.

      She has an eye (she has but one) ,
      The cat has two the very (same) colour,
      Five rusty teeth, besides a stump,
      A (bell) clapper-tongue would deafen a miller;
      A whisker beard about her mouth,
      Her nose and chin they threaten each other (nearly meet) :
      Such a wife as Willie had,
      I would not give a button for her.

      She is bow legged, she is hem-shin'd (also bow legged) ,
      One limping leg a hand-breadth shorter;
      She is twisted right, she is twisted left,
      To balance fair in each quarter;
      She has a hump upon her breast,
      The twin of that upon her shoulder:
      Such a wife as Willie had,
      I would not give a button for her.

      Old cats by the fireplace sits,
      And with her paw her face a-washing;
      But Willie's wife in not so neat,
      She wipes her face with a footless stocking;
      Her ample fists like manure baskets,
      Her face would foul the Logan Water:
      Such a wife as Willie had,
      I would not give a button for her.