When he returned next morning, the little girl met him at the stair-head, and said, Shes deid.
I think whiles I'm jist like are o' them 'at ye ca' deid: I'm no awa; I'm only deid!
Or to what end should he have deid for thee, yf any werkis of thine might have saved thee?
Gien it hadna been for you, I wud have been deid: I was waur nor deid a'ready!
The next news we got, the puir laddie was deid o' influenzy and buried somewhere about France.
I warnt him against it, an' I telt him his ither wumman was deid but sax months.
The bairnies aroond the kirkyaird gie'd it to pay the police no' to mak' Bobby be deid.
As lang 's I dinna believe 'at he's deid, I can keep him i' my prayers.
Ay, he's deid: maybe that's what'll be troublin' yer sicht, daddy.
I dream aboot him whiles sae lifelike that I canna believe him deid.