The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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THREAD THE NEEDLE
Thread the Needle
—Harpenden (Miss Lloyd).
I. Thread my grandmother's needle! Thread my grandmother's needle ! Thread my grandmother's needle ! Open your gates as wide as high, And let King George and me go by. It is so dark I cannot see To thread my grandmother's needle! Who stole the money-box ?
—London (Miss Dendy).
II. Open your gates as wide as I, [high ?] And let King George's horses by; For the night is dark and we cannot see, But thread your long needle and sew.
—Belfast (W. H. Patterson).
III.     Thread the tailor's needle,
The tailor's blind, so he can't see;
So open the gates as wide as wide,
And let King George and his lady pass by.
—Bocking, Essex (Folk-lore Record, iii. 170).
IV.     Thread my grandmother's needle, Thread my grandmother's needle; It is too dark we cannot see
To thread my grandmother's needle.
—Harpenden (Mrs. Lloyd).







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