The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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THREE DUKES
VI. Here come three dukes a-riding, a-riding, a-riding;
Here come three dukes a-riding, with a ransom, tansom, te!
Pray what is your intention, sir [repeat as above].
My intention is to marry, &c.
Which of us will you choose, sir, &c.
You're all too black and too browsy, &c.
We're good enough for you, sir, &c.
Through the kitchen and over the wall, Pick the fairest of us all.
The fairest is that I can see, pretty Miss ------, come
to me.
— East Kirkby, Lincolnshire (Miss K. Maughan).
VII. Here come three dukes a-riding, A-riding, a-riding; Here come three dukes a-riding, With a dusty, dusty, die!
What do you want with us, sirs ? [repeat as above].
We've come to choose a wife, Miss, &c.
Which one of us will you have, sirs ? &c.
You're all too black and too browsy, You sit in the sun so drowsy; With a golden chain about your neck, You're all too black and too browsy.
Quite good enough for you, sirs, &c.
We walk in our chamber, We sit in our hall, We choose the fairest of you all; The fairest one that we can see
Is little--------------, come to me.
—Wakefield, Yorks. (Miss Fowler).







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