The Sair Finger

The Sair Finger
You've hurt your finger? Puir wee man! 
Your pinkie? Deary me! 
Noo, juist you haud it that wey till 
I get my specs and see!

My, so it is - and there's the skelf! 
Noo, dinna greet nae mair. 
See there - my needle's gotten't out! 
I'm sure that wasna sair? 

And noo, to make it hale the morn, 
Put on a wee bit saw, 
And tie a Bonnie hankie roun't 
Noo, there na - rin awa'! 

Your finger sair ana'? Ye rogue, 
You're only lettin' on. 
Weel, weel, then - see noo, there ye are, 
Row'd up the same as John!
Walter Wingate
Walter Wingate

Poet and schoolmaster, Walter Wingate was the author of 'The Sair Finger', the much-loved recitation piece about the wean with the skelf in his pinkie (child with a splinter in his little finger!).

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