The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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THREE DUKES                                235
Through the kitchen and down the hall,
I choose the fairest of you all; The fairest one that I can see
Is pretty Miss----------, walk with me.
ŚMadeley, Salop (Miss Burne), 1891.
[Another Shropshire version has for the fourth verseŚ
Which of us will you choose, sirs ? Or,
Will you marry one of my daughters ?]
II. Here comes three dukes a-riding, a-riding, With a ransome dansome day!
Pray what is your intent, sirs, intent, sirs ? With a ransome dansome day!
My intent is to marry, to marry!
Will you marry one of my daughters, my daughters ?
You are as stiff as pokers, as pokers!
We can bend like you, sir, like you, sir!
You're all too black and too blowsy, too blowsy, For a dilly-dally officer!
Good enough iox yon, sir! for you, sir!
If I must have any, I will have this, So come along, my pretty miss!
ŚChirbury (Shropshire Folk-lore, p. 517).
III. Here come three dukes a-riding, A-riding, a-riding; Here come three dukes a-riding, With a rancy, tancy, tee!
Pray what is your good will, sirs ?
Will, sirs, will, sirs ? Pray what is your good will, sirs ?
With a rancy, tancy, tee!







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