Whistle-binkie (1841):
“Wee Willie Winkie”
by William Miller


Title: “Wee Willie Winkie”

Medium: nursery rhyme

Publication date: 1841

Publisher: David Robertson
Written by: William Miller

Roud Folk Song Index Number: 13711

1 characters in this story:

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Wee Willie Winkie Wee Willie Winkie
(lead character)
lead character
  [from nursery rhyme; has become a personification of sleep] David Robertson 14

The nursery rhyme "Wee Willie Winkie" was first published in 1841 in Whistle-binkie: Stories for the Fireside. This was not the first "Whistle-binkie" volume to be published. The first volume with this title was published in 1832, and was followed by at least four other volumes, including:
- Whistle-Binkie: A collection of Comic & Sentimental Songs, Chiefly Original
- Whistle-binkie: or, The Piper of the Party, Being a Collection of Songs, for the Social Circle, Chiefly Original
- Whistle-Binkie, or, The Piper of the Party, Vol. 2
- Whistle-Binkie: Songs for the nursery

It is possible that "Whistle-binkie: Stories for the Fireside" is actually an alternative title for one of these Whistle-binkie volumes. In a search for original source materials, we were able to find these other volumes, but we could not find an actual "Stories for the Fireside" volume. "Stories for the Fireside" seems to show up only in secondary references to William Miller and his nursery rhyme.