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246 THREE DUKES
Suppose we have one of you then, &c.
Which one will you have, &c.
We'll have------to marry, &c.
Who will you send to fetch her, &c.
We'll send------to fetch her.
—Roxton, St. Neots (Miss E. Lumley).
XXIV. Here come three dukes a-riding,
With me rancy, tansy, tissimy tee, Here come three dukes a-riding, With a ransom, tansom, tissimy tee. Here come three dukes a-riding, With a ransom, tansom, tissimy tee.
Pray which of us will you have, sir (repeat as above).
I think I will have this one (repeat).
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[Forgotten, but the girls evidently decline to part with one of their number.]
You are all too black and too blousy (repeat). We're far too good for you, sir (repeat).
—Isle of Man (A. W. Moore).
Played at a Manx Vicarage
nearly sixty years ago (Rev. T. G. Brown).
XXV. Here comes a Jew a riding,
With the ransom, tansom, tissimi, O !
And pray what is your will, sir ? (as above).
Then pray take one of my daughters, &c.
They are all too black and too browsy, &c.
They are good enough for you, sir, &c.
My house is lined with silver, &c.
But ours is lined with gold, sir, &c.
Then I'll take one of your daughters, &c.
—Forest of Dean, Gloucester (Miss Matthews).