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

With Tunes(sheet music), Singing-rhymes(lyrics), Methods Of Playing with diagrams and illustrations.

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42                      PINS—PIRLEY PEASE-WEEP
Pansies or other flowers are pressed beneath a piece of glass, which is laid upon a piece of paper, a hole or opening, which can be shut at pleasure, being cut in the paper. The charge for looking at the show is a pin. The children say, "A pin to look at a pippy-show." They also say—
A pinnet a piece to look at a show,
All the fine ladies sat in a row.
Blackbirds with blue feet
Walking up a new street;
One behind and one before,
And one beknocking at t' barber's door.
—Addy's Sheffield Glossary. In Penh (Rev. W. Gregor) the rhyme is— A pin to see a poppy show, A pin to see a die, A pin to see an old man Sitting in the sky. Described also in Holland's Cheshire Glossary, and Lowsley's Berkshire Glossary. Atkinson's Cleveland Glossary describes it as having coloured pictures pasted inside, and an eye-hole at one of the ends. The Leed's Glossary gives the rhyme as—
A pin to look in, A very fine thing. Northall (English Folk-rhymes, p. 357), also gives a rhyme.
On the 1st of January the children beg for some pins, using the words, " Please pay Nab's New Year's gift." They then play " a very childish game," but I have not succeeded in getting a description of it.—Yorkshire.
See " Prickie and Jockie."
Pirley Pease-weep
A game played by boys, " and the name demonstrates that it is a native one, for it would require a page of close writing to make it intelligible to an Englishman." The rhyme used at this play is—
Scotsman, Scotsman, lo !
Where shall this poor Scotsman go ?

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