"Threshing with an iron flail, threshing with an iron flail"
"How did you get such a small small neck?"
"How did you get such a huge huge head?"
"Much knowledge, much knowledge" (_keenly_).
"What do you come for?"
"FOR YOU!" (_At the top of the voice, with a wave of the arm and a stamp of the feet._)
Jacobs' Notes and References
SOURCE From Chambers, I.c., 64, much Anglicised. I have retained 'Aihlate wee moul', though I candidly confess I have not the slightest idea what it means; judging other children by myself, I do not think that makes the response less effective. The prosaic-minded may substitute 'Up-late-and-little-food'.
PARALLELS The man made by instalments occurs in the Grimms, No. 4, and something like it in an English folk-tale, The Golden Ball, ap. Henderson, l.c., p. 333; cf. 'The Sprightly Tailor' in my Celtic Fairy Tales.