The Fause Knight

The Fause Knight

“O where are ye gaun?”
Quo’ the fause knight upon the road;
“I’m gaun to the schule,”
Quo’ the wee boy, and still he stude.

“What is that upon your back?”
Quo’ the fause knight upon the road;
“Atweel it is my bukes,”
Quo’ the wee boy, and still he stude.

“What’s that ye’ve got in your arm?”
Quo’ the fause knight upon the road;
“Atweel it is my peit.”
Quo’ the wee boy, and still he stude.

“Wha’s aucht they sheep?”
Quo’ the fause knight upon the road;
“They are mine and my mither’s.”
Quo’ the wee boy, and still he stude.

“How mony o’ them are mine?”
Quo’ the fause knight upon the road;
“A’ they that hae blue tails.”
Quo’ the wee boy, and still he stude.

“I wiss ye were on yon tree:”
Quo’ the fause knight upon the road;
“And a gude ladder under me.”
Quo’ the wee boy, and still he stude.

“And the ladder for to break:”
Quo’ the fause knight upon the road;
“And you for to fa down.”
Quo’ the wee boy, and still he stude.

“I wiss ye were in yon sie:”
Quo’ the fause knight upon the road;
“And a gude bottom under me.”
Quo’ the wee boy, and still he stude.

“And the bottom for to break:”
Quo’ the fause knight upon the road;
“And ye to be drowned.”
Quo’ the wee boy, and still he stude.

Source: A Forgotten Heritage, ed. Hannah Aitken (1973).  A nursery tale of Galloway
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