THE WINKLE'S WEDDING
 
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One day I had a drowsy dream while dozing drearily
I dreamt that I was dwelling 'neath the surface of the sea
And while in conversation there, a sprat came up and said
''Tis weary weight_ is weary woe, when wooers want to wed.'
A certain little winkle with a jealous little heart
Had wry words with her lover, and in anger had to part
A whelk winked at the winkle, with a twinkle in his eye
And then a shoal of saucy shrimps observed while passing by,

Chorus: Will the winkle wed the whelk, or will the winkle wait?
Tho' the winkle thought the whelk would make a loving mate.
An Oyster knew a wrinkle, so he went and woo'd the winkle
Singing, 'Will the winkle wed the whelk, or will the winkle wait?


The wicked wooing winkle acted so much out of pla(i)ce
The other winkle sued him, and a prawn took up the case
Upon the very day Miss Winkle's wedding dress was bought
Her courter ceased to court her, so she took the case to court
The judge said to the jury_ 'Give the plaintiff all you wish'
She got five hundred pounds in little gold and silver fish
And ere the jury from their seats an inch had dared to budge
The lobster-headed usher whispered to the crabby judge,

Chorus:

The oyster asked the winkle if she'd be his loving bride
And when the winkle answered 'No', the oyster pined and died
Miss Winkle met another little winkle spruce and young
For whom the wedding bells were 'tolled' to ring_ and loudly rung
The news flew round ten times as fast as if't had been on wheels
Inviting mussels, cockles, skate, and plaice, and conger eels
And on the wedding morn the different tribes turned up in shoals
Remarking, though the winkles were a happy pair of souls (soles).

Chorus: 'Will the winkle wed the whelk, or will the winkle wait?
Tho' the winkle thought the whelk would make a loving mate.
Miss Winkle knew a wrinkle, so she wed the other winkle
And the bells went tinkle tinkle, for Miss Winkle couldn't wait.'
 
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Performed by Harry Francis (Mohawk Misnstrels)
 
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