The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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OATS AND BEANS AND BARLEY
VII. Oats and beans and barley grow, You and I and every one know; You and I and every one know That oats and beans and barley grow.
Thus the farmer sows his seed, Thus he stands and takes his ease, Stamps his foot and claps his hands, And turns him round to view the land.
Waiting for a partner,
Waiting for a partner.
Now you're married you must obey, &c. [same as Much Wenlock.]
—Brigg, Lincolnshire (Miss Barker).
VIII. Oats and beans and barley-corns, you or I or any one else, You or I or any one else, oats or beans or barley-corns; Thus the farmer sows his seed, Thus he stands and takes his ease, Stamps his foot, and claps his hands, And turns him round to view the land. Waiting for a partner, waiting for a partner; Open the ring and take one in, Waiting for a partner. Now you're married, &c.
[same as Much Wenlock.]
—Nottingham (Miss E. A. Winfield).
IX. Oats and beans, barley and groats, - Oats and beans, barley and groats; You, nor I, nor anybody knows How oats and beans and barley grows. Thus the farmer sows his seed, Thus he stands and takes his feed, Stamps his foot and claps his hand, And turns around to view the land. Waiting for a partner, waiting for a partner. Slip the ring, and take one in, And kiss her when you get her in;







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