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The Play-Party in Indiana.                         31
This cold and frosty morning.11 4. Catch her and hug her if you can,12 Catch her and hug her if you can, Catch her and hug her if you can, This cold and frosty morning.
Mrs. William Robinson, Versailles, Ind.
b. Longways dance for any number of couples over three.
The boys stand in a long line facing that of the girls, partners being opposite each other. At 1, the top boy and the top girl take promenade position and walk down through the center to the foot of the lines. At 2, they drop arms, he passes behind her, casts off to the right and walks back to position. At the same time she passes in front of him, casts off to the left and walks back to position. At 3, irrespective of the time of the music, she runs down through the center with him in pursuit of her. She must continue running down the center and casting off to the left until he catches her. At 4, he kisses her and they promenade down the center to position at the foot of their respective lines.
Repeat from the beginning with the second couple.
Continue repeating until all the players are in their original relative positions.
Game. Mrs. Peter Geiling, Laurel, Ind.
c.-d. Mr. Newell gives an American children's game of this name, but without any song-. (Games and Songs, pp. 168-9.)
This play-party game is perhaps traceable to the morris dance described by Sharp and Macilwaine in The Morris Book (vol. II, pp. 18-19).
Miss Hamilton (in Jour. Am. Folk-lore, vol. XXVII, p. 299) gives another variant with a similar melody.
Mr. Edwin F. Piper gives practically the same words to this song but the music is different. (Jour, of Amer. Folk-lore, vol. XXVIII, p. 266.)
11   If the runner has not been caught during the singing of this stanza, repeat it, and continue repeating until he (or she) is caught.
12  "Catch her and kiss her if you can,'" is the older form for this stanza.
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