Wee Tammy Tyrie Wee Tammy Tyrie Fell in the feirie. The feir wiz hot; He jamp ee pot. The pot wiz metal; He jamp ee kettle. The kettle wiz bress; He jamp ee press. The press wiz high; He jamp ee sky. The sky wiz blue; He jamp ee soo. The soo gie a roar; He jamp in the boar. The boar gie a loup, And wee Tammy Tyrie landit on eez doup. ________________________________________________________ Rodger Lang Strang (1948), 11; Cheape & Sprott (1980), 54, from Angus [sae he jumped in the pot/ on the kettle/ on the press/ in the sky/ on the soo/ on the boar/ The boar gie a loup an he fell on his doup,/ An that wis the end of wee Tammy Tirie]. Text in Dundee Courier 25/11/74, Forfar version of c. 1900, very close: "Little Tammy Tyrie fell in the firie,/ The fire was hot, he jumped on the pot [etc.]/The soo let a roar, he jumped on the boar,/ The boar made a loup,/ And little Tammy Tyrie fell on his doup. Truncated in SC (1948), 167 (no. 310): Little Tammie Tyrie/ Jumpit in the firie./ The fire was ower hot,/ He jumpit in the pot./ The pot was made o metal,/ He jumpit in the kettle./ The kettle was made o brass,/ He jumpit in the ass. Ass = "ash". Another sequence is "Little Wee Laddie", q.v. Cf. Opies ODNR 285 (no. 285). Ritchie Golden City (1965), 35, has a similar rhyme used for a game [There was a wee man/ Who lived in a pan, etc.]. MS APR99
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