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This song is known by two names: either 'The Lazy Sone' or 'The Skaven Crept In'.[1a]

"Now sone," spake the father
"Will you to work?
Will you go doon in the well
Or will you stay here and shirk?"
"No fear," spake the sone
"In bed I shall lie
For there be rats in the well
And if they bite me, I’ll die"
And the father cryed:
"Rats! Rats!
You should give thanks to the Gods that it is only rats!
For fate is a strumpet, and life is a curse
And if it war’n’t the rats, it would be something worse!"
"Now sone," spake the father
"Be ye working today?
For the cows are at milking
And a-needing their hay"
"Not I," spake the wastrel
With a piteous wale
"There are rats on the rafters!
And rats in the pail!"
And the father cryed:
"Rats! Rats!
Give thanks to the Gods that it is only rats!
For fate is a strumpet, and life is a curse
And if it war’n’t the rats, it would be something worse!"
"My sone," blew the father
"“Ye will come to work now!
Get the seeds up and garnered!
Hitch the horse to the plough!"
"None!" cryed the boy
"For down there in the mud
There are rats by the hundreds
And they’re hungry for blood!"
And the father cryed:
"Rats! Rats!
Give thanks to the Gods that it is only rats!
For fate is a strumpet, and life is a curse
And if it war’n’t the rats, it would be something worse!"
But the boy he was stubborn
And staid in his cot
And his father, a-sighing
Returned to his lot
And there all alone
The boy slept owt the day
Till the Skaven crept in
And stole him away
And the boy cryed:
"Rats! Rats!
Sweet merciful Shallya, let it be rats!
For fate is a strumpet and life is a curse
And I no longer fear rats now I know what is worse!
"
Popular tavern song in Wissenland

[1a]

Source

  • 1: Warhammer Fantasy RPG 2nd ED -- Children of the Horned Rat
    • 1a: pg. 8

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