Willie, hitting at a ball,
Lined one down the school-house hall.
Through his door came Dr. Hill;
Several teeth are missing still.
Published in the Liguorian, Volume 33, Redemptorists, 1945.
Willie got some Jap-a-lac*,
Very shiny, very black,
Caught his little sister, Sou:
Willie said, “This is on you.”
Little Sou was dumb with fear,
So Willie left a Sou-veneer.
Published in The Independent, Volume 64, S.W. Bennett, 1908.
*Jap-a-lac was a “floor varnish and stain combined.”
From Gatochy’s photostream on Flickr.
Willie dropped a worm that wriggled
In his mother’s cup of tea.
When she saw the joke, she giggled:
“Ain’t he smart as he can be?”
Wells, Carolyn, comp. Such Nonsense! An Anthology. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1918.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this verse was found in the 1911 publication, Little Willies