The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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6 OATS AND BEANS AND BARLEY
Now that you're married you must agree, You must be kind to all you see; You must be kind, you must be good, And help your man [wife] to chop the wood.
—Isle of Man (A. W. Moore).
X. Wuts and beans and barley graws, As you and I and every one knaws.
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Waatin' for a pardner.
Fust the farmer saws his seads, Then he stands and taake his ease, Stomps his feat and clops his hands, And turns him round to view his lands. Waatin' for a pardner.
Now you're married you must obaay ; Must be trewe to all you saay; Must be kind and must be good, And help your wife to chop the wood. Waatin' for a pardner.
—Spilsby, N. Lines. (Rev. R. Cracroft).
XI. Oats and beans and barley corn, Oats and beans and barley corn ; You and I and nobody else, But oats and beans and barley corn. As the farmer sows his seed, As he stands to take us in, Stamps his feet and claps his hands, Turns around to field and lands. Waiting for a partner, Waiting for a partner, Open the gate and let her come out, And see the one you love the best.
Now we're merry and wish you joy, First the girl, and then the boy, Seven years after, seven years past, Kiss one another and go to your class.
—Hampshire (Miss Mendham).







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