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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membered that the giving of gloves was a significant fact in betrothals.
This game is said by some to have its origin in the use of the sedan chair. A version taken from a newspaper cutting (unfortunately I had not recorded the name and date, but think it was probably the Leeds Mercury some years ago) gives the following rhyme. The writer does not say whether he knows it as a game—
Lady Lucan she sits in a sedan,
As fair as a lily, as white as a swan;
A pair of green gloves to doff and to don.
My mistress desires you will read one,
I can't read one without them all,
So I pray this hand decline the ball.
In this version there is still the puzzle to solve, or riddle to read.
Queen Mary
I. Queen Mary, Queen Mary, my age is sixteen, My father's a farmer on yonder green; He has plenty of money to dress me in silk— Come away, my sweet laddie, and take me a walk.

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