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62
TheJPlay-Party in Indiana.
King William Was King Jamie's Son.
Miss Ruth Brooks, Memphis, Tenn.
points of
King William was King Jamie's son, Who from the royal race did come. Upon his breast he wore a star, Like the points of the compass are.
1.    Go choose to the east, go choose to the west, Go choose33 the one that you love best,
If she's not there to take her part, Choose another with all your heart.
2.    Down on this carpet you must kneel, Sure as the grass grows in the field. Salute your bride and kiss her sweet.39 Now you may rise upon your feet.
b. All, excepting one boy, join hands and form a circle. The boy in the center representing King William (at 1) chooses39* his favorite girl, kneels,3flb at 2, salutes her and kisses her hand, then takes a place in the ring beside her.
The game known in Oregon, New Jersey is played with hats and
38  Look to the East, etc., is more common.
39  A more common way of singing this line is:
Kiss your bride, oh kiss her sweet. Another way is: Hug your bride and kiss her sweet. 39a "Go choose to the east, go choose to the west," is probably a survival of the lines, "Choose for the worst, Choose for the best" which were in one form or another a characteristic of the marriage ceremony. Mrs. Gomme. Trad. Games, i: p. 304.
39b The "carpet" on which he kneels is the green grass in almost every instance where it is found in games and it is without doubt, the meaning here because of the line which follows.
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