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of foretelling the future destiny of the skipper. These rhymes are as follows (all collected by Miss Chase):—
Ipsey, Pipsey, tell me true Who shall I be married to ? A, B, C, &c. Letters—initial of one to whom you'll be married.—Hurst-monceux, Sussex.
Half pound tuppeny rice,
Half a pound of treacle,
Penny 'orth of spice
To make it nice,
Pop goes the weazle. —Crockham Hill, Kent.
When I was young and able, I sat upon the table; The table broke, And gave me a poke, When I was young and able. [The children now add that when singing
Pass the baker,* Cook the tater, is the full couplet.]—Deptford.
Every morning at eight o'clock, You all may hear the postman's knock. i, 2, 3, 4. There goes "Polly." Girl named running out, and another girl running in directly. —Marylebone.
Up and down the ladder wall, Ha'penny loaf to feed us all; A bit for you, and a bit for me, And a bit for Punch and Judy.
As they run thus, each calls in turn, " Red, yellow, blue, white." Where you are tripped, the colour stopped on marks that of your wedding gown.—Deptford.
* To change from left to right side, crossing a second skipper, is called " Pass the Baker."