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The little creature

Language: English

Twinkum, twankum, twirlum and twitch 
My great grandam -- She was a witch. 
Mouse in wainscot, saint in niche 
My great grandam -- She was a witch.

The fattest pig's but a double flitch
My great grandam--She was a witch.
Long though the shroud, it grows stitch by stitch
My great grandam -- She was a witch.

Pretty and small, a mere nothing at all
She'd stand by the churchyard and call and call...
Red blood out and black blood in
My nanny says I'm a child of sin
How did I choose me my witchly kin?

Twinkum, twankum, twirlum and twitch
My great grandam -- She was a witch.

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani


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