The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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GREEN GROW THE LEAVES
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In the Earls Heaton version there is the circle of children, with one child in the centre, who chooses a partner after the lines have been sung.
(c) From this it would seem that while the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire words appear to be the most complete, the action has been preserved best at Sharleston. The acting of this version is the same as that of " The Jolly Miller." The third variant is evidently an imitation of the song, "John Brown."
Green Grow the Leaves (2)
Green grow the leaves on the hawthorn tree, Green grow the leaves on the hawthorn tree, We jangle and we wrangle and we never can agree, But the tenor of our song goes merrily, merrily, merrily, The tenor of our song goes merrily.
—R. S. Baker (Northants Notes and Queries, ii. 161).
(b)  One couple is chosen to lead, and they go off, whither they will, followed by a long train of youths and maidens, all sing­ing the refrain. Sometimes the leaders part company, and branch off to the right or left; the others have to do the same, and not until the leaders meet can they join again. They march arm in arm.
(c)  Mr. R. S. Baker, who records this, says a Wellingborough lady sent him the tune and words, and told him the game was







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