Haddock to the Skate 1. Quo' the haddock to the skate-- Lunnon is a far gate; Quo' the haddock to the eel-- Crook ye your tail weel. Dear bocht, dear saul', Keep a chip o' Drum's faul; Keep a chip o' Mair time; Keep a chip o' Ritchie's wine, A' the nowte o' Youmer tee-- Jollie fykes. To the rumple, to my tykes, Kent ye John Young, John Auld? Sneerabuck, Snarabuck, Fillgabuck and Lenabo, Culterkill and Auchmagant, Little Wartle, Muckle Wartle, Fite Kirk o' Rayne-- Awa to Fisherfew To see the boats come in. 2. Said the haddock to the skate-- Skip the creel, and shun the bait; Said the herrin' to the eel-- Crook your little tail weel; Dear bocht, dear sauld, Seek a sheep frae Jock's fauld; Jock's fauld's very close, Tak' the tail frae Jock's horse. ________________________________________________________ (1) Greig FSNE xxii.2, ultimately from Strichen. (2) Rymour Club Misc. II (1912-19), 60 [in 4 lines], a counting-out rhyme from Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire; whence Montgomerie SC (1948), 64 (no. 77). Cf. "The Dreg Song" etc. MS
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