by William Creech (1745 - 1815)

We’ll hap and row, we'll hap and row
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
We’ll hap and row, we'll hap and row,
⁠We'll hap and row the feetie o't;
It is a wee bit weary thing:
⁠I downa bide the greetie o't.

And we pat on the wee bit pan,
⁠To boil the lick o' meatie o't;
A cinder fell and spoil'd the plan,
⁠And burnt a' the feetie o't.

Fu' sair it grat, the puir wee brat,
⁠And aye it kick'd the feetie o't,
Till, puir wee elf, it tired itself;
⁠And then began the sleepie o't.

The skirling brat nae parritch gat,
⁠When it gaed to the sleepie o't;
It's waesome true, instead o' 'ts mou'
⁠They're round about the feetie o't.

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