The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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FIPPENY MORRELL—FIVESTONES
the ring is, he sits down, and his place is taken by the one who had the ring. The game is sometimes played round a haycock in the hayfield.
Miss Dendy sends a similar rhyme from Monton, Lancashire, where it is known simply as a marching game. For similar rhymes, see Halliwell's Nursery Rhymes, p. 3.
See " Paddy from Home," "Tip it."
Fippeny Morrell
"Twice three stones, set in a crossed square, where he wins the game that can set his three along in a row, and that is fippeny morrell I trow."—Apollo Shroving, 1626.
See u Nine Men's Morice," " Noughts and Crosses."
Fire, Air, and Water
The players seat themselves in a circle. One of the players has a ball, to which a string is fastened. He holds the string that he may easily draw the ball back again after it is thrown. The possessor of the ball then throws it to one in the circle, calling out the name of either of the elements he pleases. This player must, before ten can be counted, give the name of an inhabitant of that element. When " Fire" is called, strict silence must be observed or a forfeit paid.—Cork, Ireland (Miss Keane).
The players were seated in a half-circle, and the possessor of the ball faced the others. There was no string attached to the ball, but it was necessary that it should hit the child it was thrown to. When " Fire " was called, " Salamander " and "Phoenix" were allowed to be said. The third time "Fire" was called, silence was observed, and every player bowed the head. We called it " Earth, Air, Fire, and Water." A forfeit had to be paid for every mistake.—London (A. B. Gomme).
It seems probable that a survival of fire-worship is shown by this game.
Fivestones
This game was played by a newspaper boy at Richmond Station for me as follows :—He had five square pieces of tile or







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