Little Trotty Wagtail

Helpston, 10th July 2004
At the Festival, George and Arlene Van Deventer (Maine, USA) brought the poetry evening to a close with three Clare poems set to music by Terrance Deadman (Brighton).  Most intriguing and satisfying.  One of these short pieces was the Clare favourite Little Trotty Wagtail:

Little Trotty Wagtail
Little trotty wagtail he went in the rain,
And tittering, tottering sideways he neer got straight again,
He stooped to get a worm, and looked up to get a fly,
And then he flew away ere his feathers they were dry.

Little trotty wagtail, he waddled in the mud,
And left his little footmarks, trample where he would.
He waddled in the water-pudge, and waggle went his tail,
And chirrupt up his wings to dry upon the garden rail.

Little trotty wagtail, you nimble all about,
And in the dimpling water-pudge you waddle in and out;
Your home is nigh at hand, and in the warm pig-stye,
So, little Master Wagtail, I'll bid you a good-bye.

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