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90 QUAKER'S WEDDING—QUEEN ANNE
again, but this time he places his right hand on his rigJit knee. Then he places his hand on the girl's shoulder, then round her neck, and on her far shoulder, then looks into her face, and, lastly, kisses her.—Sharleston, Yorks (Miss Fowler).
Hast thou ever been to a Quaker's wedding ?
Nay, friend, nay. Do as I do; twiddle thy thumbs and follow me.
The leader walks round chanting these lines, with her eyes fixed on the ground. Each new comer goes behind till a long train is formed, then they kneel side by side as close together as possible. The leader then gives a vigorous push to the one at the end of the line [next herself, and that one to the next], and the whole line tumble over.—Berkshire (Miss Thoyts in the Antiquary, xxvii. 194).
See " Obadiah," " Solomon."
I. Lady Queen Ann she sits in her stand, And a pair of green gloves upon her hand, As white as a lily, as fair as a swan, The fairest lady in a' the land; Come smell my lily, come smell my rose, Which of my maidens do you choose ? I choose you one, and I choose you all, And I pray, Miss ( ), yield up the ball.
The ball is mine, and none of yours, Go to the woods and gather flowers. Cats and kittens bide within, But we young ladies walk out and in.
— Chambers' Pop. Rhymes, p. 136.
II. Queen Anne, Queen Anne, who sits on her throne, As fair as a lily, as white as a swan ; The king sends you three letters, And begs you'll read one.
I cannot read one unless I read all, So pray ( ) deliver the ball.