"Wee Willie Winkie (ret.)" © wood engraving (ed. 35) image: 3.5 x 4.5 in. $60.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)

Just imagine yourself, settled in with the little kiddies for the night, watching a family rated video, with the popcorn and soft drinks. Suddenly this idiot starts beating on the window and screaming through the keyhole, telling you to put your kids to bed. Someone running around town in his nightgown, like an escaped lunatic, doesn't seem violent or perverse. So, at first glance, this character's behaviour doesn't seem to fit with the others in Mother Goose's Rogue's Gallery. What business is it of his, whether you have your kids in bed by eight? He seems more like a harmless, irritating nosey neighbour and not a threat to anyone. But what will he be checking on next?

 

WEE WILLIE WINKIE

Wee Willie Winkie runs through

the town,

Upstairs and downstairs, in his

nightgown;

Rapping at the window, crying

through the lock,

"Are the children in their beds?

Now it's eight o'clock."

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