Bliss Carman, et al., eds. The Worlds Best Poetry. Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship. 1904.
Poems of Home: I. About Children
The Mitherless Bairn
William Thom (17991848)
An Inverary correspondent writes: Thom gave me the following narrative as to the origin of The Mitherless Bairn; I quote his own words. When I was livin in Aberdeen, I was limpin roun the house to my garret, when I heard the greetin o a wean. A lassie was thumpin a bairn, when out cam a big dame, bellowin, Ye hussie, will ye lick a mitherless bairn! I hobbled up the stair and wrote the sang afore sleepin.
WHEN a ither bairnies are hushed to their hame
By aunty, or cousin, or frecky grand-dame,
Wha stands last and lanely, an naebody carin?
T is the puir doited loonie,the mitherless bairn!