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O Chrissey went up to Aunt Margaret's to get a loan of her dick.
Says Mary Ann to Christopher: 'Be sure and do it quick!'
Says Mary Ann to Christopher: 'Be sure now don't you stop,
For you got plenty of bait today and you got to bait your pots.'
Chrissey went up to Aunt Margaret's and brought the dick down home:
'O isn't he a lovely bird, he's got a lovely comb.
Go in the house John Chesly and get 'en a piece of bread -
O isn't he a lovely bird, he's got the cutest head.'
The hens and chicks and all of them were feeded for the night,
When Chris got up in the morning, the dick he wasn't in sight;
Chrissey he jumped out of bed and stepped on Mary Ann's toes -
Says Mary Ann to Christopher: 'I thought I heard 'en crow!'
'It rained so very hard last night, why didn't you bar 'en in?,
For going through the woods today, you'll get wet right through the skin.'
'Wet or dry,' says Mary Ann, 'the dick you'll have to find -
Go on up to Aunt Margaret's, don't stop to look behind.'
Chrissey went up to Aunt Margaret's, the dick he wasn't there,
He felt so faint and frightened that he fell down on a chair;
He started off for home again not feeling very stout,
He fell down in a mud-hole and the mud ran in his mouth.
Chrissey jumped out of his breeches and tumbled to the door.
Says Mary Ann to Christopher: 'The dick is gone for sure.
Put on your clothes,' says Mary Ann, 'and go and look for him,
For you'll get nothing to eat today unless you bring 'en in.'
He started off for Hay Cove, the dicky for to find,
But when he got about half ways over he heard 'en cry behind;
He looked around there, he was not looking very warm¹ -
He took the dick all by the tail and tucked 'en under his arm.
Says Mary Ann to Christopher: 'I'm glad you got 'en back,
For if we lost Aunt Margaret's dick, we'd have to pay a whack.
I'm gonna get some hens meself and raise our little chicks,
Then we won't have to bother Aunt Margaret for her dick!'