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What’s with this “Wren” thing?
The oldest extant version of the fable
are presenting here appeared in 1913 in the first volume of a two-volume anthology
Saxon folktales (Plattdeutsche
Volksmärchen “Low German Folktales”)
collected by Wilhelm Wisser (1843–1935). Read
“Daht! Daht!” Ahl duh kid berts hallert, “Sum rilly beg boogieman wen past jest nao! He stairt in ahr nest wit hiz beg eyes. He hadt beg teedt ’n’ ’aht. He wahz summen fier-es an’ hoarbill! Man, dat skairt!”
’N’ duh lie-en duzn’t heer him aht all ’n’ keeps wawkin.
That makes duh lidil beg mouth git more flustrated, ’n’ duh daht sputzee starts
yellen aht him even more wurs, “Yinz had no bidness being dere, ’n’ if yinz come
back,” he goes, “woll, den yi’ll see! I don’t rilly want ta do it,” he goes ’n’
finally lifts one uv his legs ’n’ he goes, “but I’d break yinzes back wit my
leg inna secken!”
Derapon he flies back to his nest in duh garaazh.
“Air ya go, kidz,” he goes, “I gave that one a lesson. He ain’t gonna be back.”