The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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THREE DUKES                                237
You are all as stiff as pokers, as pokers, as pokers, You are all, &c,
Ransam, tansam, tisum ma tea!
We can bend as well as you, sir; as you, sir; as you, sir ; We can bend as well as you, sir; Ransam, tansam, tisum ma tea!
Go through the kitchen, and through the hall, And take the fairest of them all;
The fairest one that I can see is "----------,"
So come to me.
Oxfordshire version, brought into Worcestershire (Miss Broadwood).
V. Here come three dukes a-riding, a-riding, a-riding; With a ransom, tansom, titty foll-la! With a ransom, tansom, tay!
And pray what do you want, sirs? want, sirs? want, sirs? With a ransom, tansom, titty foll-la! With a ransom, tansom, tay!
I want a handsome wife, sir; wife, sir; wife, sir; With a ransom, tansom, titty foll-la! With a ransom, tansom, tay!
I have three daughters fair, sir; fair, sir; fair, sir : With a ransom, tansom, titty foll-la! With a ransom, tansom, tay!
They are all too black and too browny, They sit in the sun so cloudy ;
With a ransom, tansom, titty foll-la!
With a ransom, tansom, tay !
Go through my kitchen and my hall, And find the fairest of them all;
With a ransom, tansom, titty foll-la !
With a ransom, tansom, tay !
The fairest one that I can see,
Is little--------------, so come to me.
—Monton, Lancashire (Miss Dendy).







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