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Wee Willie Winkie Rhyme

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Wee Willie Winkie is an old Scottish nursery rhyme which has been used for generations. Actually, it was first published in 1841. It is a charming song. This song is about sleep. Many parents use this song, ‘Wee Willie Winkie’ as a lullaby. The song is a short story about a six-year-old child. Let us read further to know more about the story and lyrics.

Wee Willie Winkie

Wee Willie Winkie

Wee Willie Winkie Lyrics

Let us learn lyrics of the Willy Song.

Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,

Up stairs and down stairs in his night-gown.

Tapping at the window, crying at the lock,

Are the children in their bed, for it’s past ten o’clock?

Hey, Willie Winkie, are you coming in?

The cat is singing purring sounds to the sleeping hen,

The dog’s spread out on the floor, and doesn’t give a cheep.

But here’s a wakeful little boy who will not fall asleep!

Anything but sleep, you rogue! glowering like the moon, 

Rattling in an iron jug with an iron spoon.

Rumbling, tumbling round about, crowing like a cock,

Shrieking like I don’t know what, waking sleeping folk.

Hey, Willie Winkie - the child’s in a creel!

Wriggling from everyone’s knee like an eel.

Tugging at the cat’s ear, and confusing all her thrums.

Hey, Willie Winkie! See, there he comes!

Weary is the mother who has a dusty child,

A small short little child, who can’t run on his own.

Who always has a battle with sleep before he’ll close an eye,

But a kiss from his rosy lips gives strength anew to me.

Little Willie Lyrics

Little Willie Lyrics

Summary of the Rhyme ‘Wee Willie Winkie’

The rhyme ‘Wee Willie Winkie’ is a story about a six-year-old child. Wee Willie Winkie is the six-year-old son of the Colonel, and he is much loved by all in his regiment. Let us understand what is explained in this rhyme. The author runs through the town in his nightgown. He is crying and tapping at the window. The cat is singing songs to the hen and dogs spread out on the floor. Weary is the mother who has a dusty child, a small short little child who can’t run on his own.

Rhyming Words

Rhyming words are those words which have the same ending sound. We will understand rhyming words by taking some examples from the rhyme lyrics. In this rhyme, rhyming words are 

  • Town-gown

  • Lock-clock

  • Cheep-asleep

  • Moon-spoon

  • Cock-folk

  • Creel-eel

  • Thrums-comes


‘Wee Willie Winkie’ is a Scottish nursery rhyme written by William Miller. This song is about sleep, and also it is a crying rhyme. Wee Willie Winkie, a six-year-old child, was running and crying, as mentioned in the rhyme. This is a story of that son, which is expressed in the form of a rhyme.

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FAQs on Wee Willie Winkie Rhyme

1. Who sang Wee Willie Winkie?

The song ‘Wee Willie Winkie’ was sung in 1841 by William Miller and lyrics by Mother Goose Club. William Miller was a Scottish poet best known for the rhyme ‘Wee Willie Winkie’.

2. What was Wee Willie Winkie wearing when he ran through the town?

Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town, upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown, rapping at the window and crying through the lock.

3. Why was Wee Willie Winkie written?

The rhyme ‘Wee Willie Winkie’ was created in 1841 by William Miller. He was a part-time writer who yearned to be a surgeon, but due to ill health, his dream did not come true, and he became a wood-turner. William Miller wrote this rhyme for his son, Stephen.