The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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RING-ME-RARY
This goes by the name of M Willie Wogie " at Keith, but no words are repeated as the splint is whirled. See "Jack's Alive."
Ring-me-rary
I. Ring me (i), ring me (2), ring me rary (3), As I go round (4) ring by ring (5), A virgin (6) goes a-maying (7); Here's a flower (8), and there's a flower (9), Growing in my lady's garden (10). If you set your foot awry (11), Gentle John will make you cry (12) ; If you set your foot amiss (13), Gentle John (14) will give you a kiss.
This [lady or gentleman] is none of ours,
Has put [him or her] self in [child's name] power;
So clap all hands and ring all bells, and make the
wedding o'er.
—Halliwell's Nursery Rhymes, p. 67.
II. As I go round ring by ring, A maiden goes a-maying ; And here's a flower, and there's a flower, As red as any daisy. If you set your foot amiss, Gentle John will give you a kiss.
—Halliwell's Nursery Rhymes, p. 125.
(b)  A number of boys and girls stand round one in the middle, wrho repeats the lines, counting the children until one is counted out by the end of the verse. The child upon whom (14) falls is then taken out and forced to select one of the other sex. The middle child then proceeds to say the three last lines. All the children clap hands during the saying (or singing) of the last line. If the child taken by lot joins in the clapping, the selected child is rejected, and, I believe, takes the middle place. Otherwise, I think there is a salute.—Halli-well.
(c)  This game is recorded by no authority except H alii well, and no version has reached me, so that I suppose it is now







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