The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
& Ireland In Dictionary Form - Volume 2

With Tunes(sheet music), Singing-rhymes(lyrics), Methods Of Playing with diagrams and illustrations.

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VIII. Here come three dukes a-riding, a-riding, a-riding, Here come three dukes a-riding; A randy, dandy, very fine day !
And pray what is your will, sirs ? &c. [as above].
We come for one of your daughters, &c.
Which one will you have, sir ? &c.
They are all as black as a browsie, browsie, browsie, &c.
One can knit, and one can sew, One can make a lily-white bow; One can make a bed for a king, Please take one of my daughters in.
The fairest one that I can see Is [         ], come to me.
—Gainford, co. Durham (Miss A. Edleston).
IX. Here comes a poor duke a-riding, a-riding, Here comes a poor duke a-riding; With the ransom, tansom, tee !
Pray who will you have to marry, sir ? &c.
You're all so black and so dirty, &c.
We are quite as clean as you, sir, &c.
Through the kitchen, and through the hall, Pick the fairest one of all.
The fairest one that I can see
The fairest one that I can see, With a ransom, tansom, tee !
—Sporle, Norfolk (Miss Matthews).
X. Here comes one duke a-riding, A-riding, a-riding; Here comes one duke a-riding,
With a ransom, tansom, terrimus, hey!

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