Gudeen to You, Kimmer (Poem by Robert Burns)

Classic Poem

Gudeen to You, Kimmer
By Robert Burns

(1)

Gudeen to you, Kimmer,
    And how do ye do?
Hiccup, quo’ Kimmer,
    The better that I’m fou.
        We’re a’ noddin, nid nid noddin,
        We’re a’ noddin, at our house at hame.

(2)

Kate sits i’ the neuk,
    Suppin hen broo;
Deil tak Kate
    An’ she be na noddin too!
        We’re a’ noddin, &c.

(3)

How’s a’ wi’ you, Kimmer,
    And how do ye fare?
A pint o’ the best o’t,
    And twa pints mair.
        We’re a’ noddin, &c.

(4)

How’s a’ wi’ you, Kimmer,
    And how do ye thrive;
How many bairns hae ye?
    Quo’ Kimmer, I hae five.
        We’re a’ noddin, &c.

(5)

Are they a’ Johnie’s?
    Eh! atweel no:
Twa o’ them were gotten
    When Johnie was awa.
        We’re a noddin, &c.

(6)

Cats like milk,
    And dogs like broo;
Lads like lasses weel,
    And lasses lads too.
        We’re a’ noddin, &c.


Note:
This song in other days was a controversial one, and continued some sarcastic allusions to Mother Rome and her brood of seven sacraments, five of whom were illegitimate. Burns changed the meaning, and published his altered version in the Museum.

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