The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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POP GOES THE WEASEL                         63
Here's a poor widow she lives her lone, She hasn't a daughter to marry but one.
Come choose to the east, choose to the west, And choose the very one you love best.
Here's a couple married in joy,
First a girl and then a boy, Seven years after, and seven years come,
Pree * young couple kiss and have done.
—Belfast (W. H. Patterson).
III. There was a poor widow left alone, And all her children dead and gone. Come, choose you east, Come, choose you west, Take the man you love best.
Now they're married,
I wish them joy,
Every year a girl or a boy,
I hope this couple may kiss each other.
—Nairn (Rev. W. Gregor).
(b)   One child is chosen to act the part of the widow. The players join hands and form a circle. The widow takes her stand in the centre of the circle in a posture indicating sorrow. The girls in the circle trip round and round, and sing the first five lines. The widow then chooses one of the ring. The ring then sings the marriage formula, the two kiss each other, and the game is continued, the one chosen to be the mate of the first widow becoming the widow in turn (Nairn).
(c)  This game is probably the same as " Silly Old Man." Two separate versions may have arisen by girls playing by themselves without boys.
Pop Goes the Weasel
Half a pound of tup'ny rice,
Half a pound of treacle; Mix it up and make it nice, Pop goes the weasel.
—Earls Heaton (Herbert Hardy). * Sometimes "pray," but "pree" seems to be the Scotch for taste:—"pree her moo " = taste her mouth = to kiss.

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