The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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THREAD THE NEEDLE
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V. Thread the needle, Thread the needle, Nine, nine, nine, Let King George and I pass by.
—Liphook, Hants (Miss Fowler).
VI. Open the gates as wide as wide,
And let King George go through with his bride ; It is so dark, we cannot see To threaddle the tailor's needle.
—Parish Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
VII. Brother Jack, if ye were mine, I would give you claret wine; Claret wine's gude and fine— Through the needle-e'e, boys!
Blackwood's Magazine, August 1821.
VIII. Through the needle-e'e, boys,
One, two, three, boys.
—Ross-shire (Rev. W. Gregor).
IX. Hop my needle, burn my thread, Come thread my needle, Jo-hey.
—Lincoln (C. C. Bell).
X. Come thread a long needle, come thread, The eye is too little, the needle's too big.
—Hanbury, Staffs. (Miss Edith Hollis).
XI.     Thread the needle thro' the skin, Sometimes out and sometimes in.
—Warwickshire, Northall's Folk Rhymes, 397.
XII.     Open the gates as wide as the sky, And let King George and his lady go by.
—Ellesmere, Burne's Shropshire Folk-lore, p. 321.
(b.) The children stand in two long rows, each holding the hands of the opposite child, the two last forming an arch. They sing the lines, and while doing so the other children run under the raised arms. When all have passed under, the first two hold up their hands, and so on again and again, each pair in turn becoming the arch. Mrs. Lloyd (Harpenden version) says the two first hold up a handkerchief, and the children all







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