65. Wee Willie Winkie


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 is the children’ version of a town crier!

Before the various powerful media like newspapers, Television and Internet came into existence, Town Criers were solely responsible for passing on information and spreading the latest news to the public.

Wee Willie Winkie is the children’s town crier. He wants to make sure that all the children are in their beds since it was past 8 O’ clock!

This teaches the children the healthy habit of going to bed early so that the next day they can get up early and be fresh to meet the tasks lying ahead!

Author of this rhyme is William Miller ( 1810 -1872) and this was published in 1841.

Visalakshi Ramani

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