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At Deptford the rhymes were—
Grandmother, grandmother, Tell me the truth,
How many years have I been to school ? One, two, three, &c.
Grandmother, grandmother, Tell me no lie, How many children Before I die ?
One, two, three, &c.
In the same way the following questions are put and
How old am I ?
How long am I going to live ?
How many children shall I have ?
Black currant, Red currant, Raspberry tart, Tell me the name Of my sweetheart. A, B, C, D, &c.
Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, potter's boy, flour boy, thief.
Silk, satin, cotton, muslin, rags.
Coach, carriage, wheelbarrow, dungcart.
On their buttons they say : " Bought, given, stolen," to show how acquired.—Miss Chase.
In London the rhymes were— §
One, two, buckle my shoe, Three, four, knock at the door, Five, six, pick up sticks, Seven, eight, lay them straight, Nine, ten, a good fat hen, Eleven, twelve, ring the bell, Thirteen, fourteen, maids a courting, Fifteen, sixteen, maids in the kitchen, Seventeen, eighteen, mistress waiting, Nineteen, twenty, my plate's empty.