the lyrics and origins of the nursery rhyme wee willie winkie

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Wee Willie Winkie: lyrics

The origins of the nursery rhyme
The origins of the words and lyrics to this nursery rhyme were to allow children to associate every day tasks with their own lives. Before the days of radio, TV and indeed the Internet and also due to levels of illiteracy within the population great reliance was made on the Town Crier who was paid to walk the streets crying out the latest news and information. 'Wee willie winkie' was a child's 
version of the Town Crier! The author of the nursery was William Miller (1810 - 1872) and the first publication date of the lyrics was in 1841.


Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,
Upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown,
Tapping at the window and crying through the lock,
Are all the children in their beds, it's past eight o'clock?

Wee Willie Winkie rhyme: origins & history