Puddy and Mouse 2 Chambers PRS (1847), 208-9; (1870), 55, mostly from Sharpe, Ballad Book; see his note, p. 56-7. Sharpe Ballad Book (1823), repr. of 1880, ed. Laing, p. 86, has differs: No burden; in couplets. 1.2 And a merry mouse in a mill. Variants: 10, Wha sat at the table fit,/ Wha but froggy and his lame fit? 12 Then in cam the gude grey cat,/ Wi' a' the kittlens at her back. ODNR 177 ff. (no. 175); refs. to Chambers Scottish Songs, 1829, "There was a frogge in a well, Fa, la, linkum, leerie! And a mousie in a mill, Linkum-a-leerie, linkum-a-leerie, cow-dow," &c.; and Scott's notes to Sharpe (see 1880 ed., 139: "Dirk and pistol by his side,/ As being a frog of Celtic race" and "Uncle Rotten he came home,/ Riding on a great snail alone.// His boots were ill, his spurs were waur,/ For he was all over dirt and glaur.") MacLennan SNR (1909), 31, as PRS, with differs: 12 An' wha cam' in but Gib, oor Cat, Wi' a' her kittlins at her back. 13 omitted. Cf. FSJ no. 9 [II.4], 1906, 226-7, fragment of Chambers version, with tune, from Leith; 1946, 38-40 (Gilchrist). A version coll. by ed., Newbattle 1973, had variants: Cattie he keeked in tae speir, Want ye ony music here? Puddy he swam doon the burn, The drake he got him an' garr'd him girn; besides a somewhat unique tune. Rymour Club Misc. I (1906-11), 2, from Calder Ironworks, c. 1856: There was a moosie in a mill, Kiltie, keerie, ca' ye me, And a froggie in a well, Rigdum Bummaleerie ca' ye me. Ca' ye Deemie, ca' ye Keemie, Ca' ye Deemie, ca' ye me; Streem, stram, pummareedle, rally-bally, rantan, Rigdum Bummaleerie ca' ye me. Another, from the Huntly district (I.90): There was a mousie in a mill, Rigdum, pommiriddle, cairey; There was a froggie in a well, Rigdum, pommiriddle, cairey; Came in near, killed her care, Rigdum, pommiriddle, cairey; Sham, sham, shamiriddle, hally, bally, rigdum; Rigdum, pommiriddle, cairey. [orig. has Rigdam in last line.] The history of this ballad, which Child did not see fit to include (probably because of its animal personnel) is still a desideratum. There are many American versions, for instance, and one descendant is the minstrel song "Kemo, Kimo". MS DT #306 MS oct96
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