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Stupid's Cries

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  1. Black Bull of Norroway ----
  2. The Blinded Giant ----
  3. The Buried Moon ----
  4. Catskin ----
  5. Coat o' Clay ----
  6. Sir Gammer Vans ----
  7. Gobborn Seer ----
  8. The Golden Ball ----
  9. Habetrot and Scantlie Mab ----
  10. The Hedley Kow ----
  11. Hereafterthis ----
  12. The Hobyahs ----
  13. Johnny Gloke ----
  14. The King of England and his Three Sons ----
  15. King John and the Abbot of Canterbury ----
  16. The King O' The Cats ----
  17. The Lambton Worm ----
  18. The Little Bull-Calf ----
  19. My Own Self ----
  20. The Old Witch ----
  1. The Pedlar of Swaffham ----
  2. The Pied Piper ----
  3. A Pottle O' Brains ----
  4. Princess of Canterbury ----
  5. Rushen Coatie ----
  6. Scrapefoot ----
  7. A Son of Adam ----
  8. The Stars in the Sky ----
  9. Stupid's Cries ----
  10. Tamlane ----
  11. Tattercoats ----
  12. The Three Cows ----
  13. The Three Wishes ----
  14. Tom Hickathrift ----
  15. The Wee Bannock ----
  16. The Wee, Wee Mannie ----
  17. The Wise men of Gotham ----
  18. Yallery Brown ----
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THERE was once a little boy, and his mother sent him to buy a sheep's head and pluck; afraid he should forget it, the lad kept saying all the way along:

Sheep's head and pluck!

Sheep's head and pluck!

Trudging alone, he came to a stile; but in getting over he fell and hurt himself, and beginning to blubber, forgot what he was sent for.

So he stood a little while to consider; at last he thought he recollected it, and began to repeat:

Liver and lights and gall and all!

Liver and lights and gall and all!

Away he went again, and came to where a man had a pain in his liver, bawling out:

Liver and lights and gall and all!

Liver and lights and gall and all!

Whereon the man laid hold of him and beat him, bidding him say:

Pray God send no more!

Pray God send no more!

The youngster strode along, uttering these words, till he reached a field where a hind was sowing wheat:

Pray God send no more!

Pray God send no more!

This was all his cry.

So the sower began to thrash him, and charged him to repeat:

Pray God send plenty more!

Pray God send plenty more!

Off the child scampered with these words in his mouth till he reached a churchyard and met a funeral, but he went on with his:

Pray God send plenty more!

Pray God send plenty more!

The chief mourner seized and punished him, and bade him repeat:

Pray God send the soul to heaven!

Pray God send the soul to heaven!

Away went the boy, and met a dog and a cat going to be hung, but his cry rang out:

Pray God send the soul to heaven!

Pray God send the soul to heaven!

The good folk nearby were furious, seized and struck him, charging him to say:

A dog and a cat agoing to be hung!

A dog and a cat agoing to be hung!

This the poor fellow did, till he overtook a man and a woman going to be married.

Oh, oh!

he shouted:

A dog and a cat agoing to be hung!

A dog and a cat agoing to be hung!

The man was enraged, as we may well think, gave him many a thump, and ordered him to repeat:

I wish you much joy!

I wish you much joy!

This he did, jogging along, till he came to two labourers who had fallen into a ditch.

The lad kept bawling out:

I wish you much joy!

I wish you much joy!

This vexed one of the folk so sorely that he used all his strength, scrambled out, beat the crier, and told him to say:

The one is out, I wish the other was!

The one is out, I wish the other was!

On went young un till he found a fellow with only one eye; but he kept up his song:

The one is out, I wish the other was!

The one is out, I wish the other was!

This was too much for Master One-eye, who grabbed him and chastised him, bidding him call:

The one side gives good light, I wish the other did!

The one side gives good light, I wish the other did!

So he did, to be sure, till he came to a house, one side of which was on fire.

The people here thought it was he who had set the place a-blazing, and straightway put him in prison.

The end was, the judge put on his black cap, and condemned him to die.


The End.

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