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

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244                                THREE DUKES
Open the door and let him in.
They're all as stiff as pokers.
Quite as good as you, sir.
I suppose I must take one of them ?
Not unless you like, sir.
I choose the fairest of you all, The fairest one that I can see
Is----------, come to me.
—Clapham Middle-class Girls School (Mrs. Herbertson)].
XVIII. Here comes the duke a-riding,
With my rantum, tantum, tantum, tee ! Here comes the duke a-riding, With my rantum, tantum, tee!
What does the duke a-riding want ? With his rantum, tantum, tantum, tee, &c.
The youngest and fairest daughter you've got, &c.
—Dublin (Mrs. Coffey).
XIX. Here comes a duke a-riding, a-riding, a-riding;
Here comes a duke a-riding, a ransom, tansom, tee !
What is your good will, sir, &c.
My will is for to marry, &c.
Will ever a one of us do ? &c.
You're all so black and so browsy. You sit in the sun and get frowsy, With golden chains about your necks, You're all so black and so browsy.
Quite as good as you, sir, &c.
[There is more of this, but it has been forgotten by my authority.]         —Thos. Baker, junr. (Midland Garner, N. S., ii. 32).
XX. Here comes a duke a-riding,
With a ransom, tansom, titta passee! Here comes a duke a-riding, With a ransom, tansom, tee!







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