The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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LADY ON YONDER HILL
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He considers it to be an old English song which has been fitted for a ring game by the addition of a verse. See u Lady on Yonder Hill."
Lady on Yonder Hill
I. Yonder stands a lovely lady, Whom she be I do not know; I'll go court her for my beauty, Whether she say me yea or nay. Madam, to thee I humbly bow and bend. Sir, I take thee not to be my friend. Oh, if the good fairy doesn't come I shall die.
—Derbyshire (Folk-lore Journal, i. 387).
II. There stands a lady on yonder hill, Who she is I cannot tell; I'll go and court her for her beauty, Whether she answers me yes or no. Madam, I bow vounce to thee. Sir, have I done thee any harm ? Coxconian ! Coxconian is not my name; 'tis Hers and Kers, and
Willis and Cave. Stab me, ha! ha! little I fear. Over the waters there
are but nine, I'll meet you a man alive. Over
the waters there are but ten, I'll meet you there
five thousand.
Rise up, rise up, my pretty fair maid,
You're only in a trance;
Rise up, rise up, my pretty fair maid,
And we will have a dance.
—Lady C. Gurdon's Siiffolk County Folk-lore, p. 65.
(b) In the Suffolk game the children form a ring, a boy and girl being in the centre. The boy is called a gentleman and the girl a lady. The gentleman commences by singing the first verse. Then they say alternately the questions and answers. When the gentleman says the lines commencing, "Stab me," he pretends to stab the lady, who falls on the







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