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Historical Background:
With Scottish origins, the extended version of "Wee Willie Winkie" was authored by William Miller (1810 — 1872), and first published in 1841 in "Whistle-binkie: Stories for the Fireside." It is suggested that Miller used the first verse as a starting point and then wrote additional verses. The first verse was published in "Nursery Rhymes, Tales and Jingles," published in 1844, and "The Cries of Banbury and London," which is believed to have appeared earlier. Although the character "Wee Willie Winkie" is widely known as a personification for sleep, the character has also been linked to William III, king of England, Ireland, and Scotland during the seventeenth century. Seen in Jacobite songs, "Willie Winkie" was a nickname for William. According to Robert L. Ripley, the rhyme is about that king.

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Traditional lyrics. Original music by Sockeye Media LLC © 2014. All rights reserved.

"Wee Willie Winkie" lyrics:
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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  2. @chloescotland1 Many traditional rhymes have several different versions. You can see rhyme versions and more on the rhymes page of our website. Thanks for watching and listening so closely!

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