The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
& Ireland In Dictionary Form - Volume 2

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32                         ORANGES AND LEMONS
Says the bells at Coventry;
Oh, yes, it will,
Says Northampton Great Bell;
White bread and sop,
Says the bells at Kingsthorp;
Trundle a lantern,
Says the bells at Northampton.
—Northamptonshire (Baker's Words and Phrases).
(c) This game is generally played as follows :—
Two of the taller children stand facing each other, holding
up their clasped hands. One is named Orange and the other
Lemon. The other players, grasping one another's dresses,
run underneath the raised arms and round Orange, and then
under the arms again and round Lemon, while singing the verses. The three concluding lines are sung by " Orange " and " Lemon " in a slow emphatic manner, and at the word " head " they drop their arms over one of the children passing between them, and ask her secretly whether she will be orange or lemon. The captive chooses her side, and stands behind whichever leader she selects, placing her arms round her waist. The game continues till every one engaged in it has ranged herself behind one or other of the chiefs. When the two parties are ranged a u tug of war" takes place until one of the parties breaks down, or is pulled over a given mark.

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