The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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262                   THREE KNIGHTS FROM SPAIN
IX. There were three lords came out of Spain, They came to court my daughter Jane;
My daughter Jane, she is too young To bear your false and flattering tongue.
So fare you well, so fare you well, I'll go and court some other girl.
Come back, come back, your coat is white, And choose the fairest in your sight,
The fairest one that I can see, Is [                       ] come unto me.
—Belfast (W. H. Patterson).
X. Here come three dukes dressed all in green, They come to court your daughter Jane.
My daughter Jane, she is too young To understand your flattering tongue.
Let her be young, or let her be old, It is for her beauty she must be sold.
Eighteenpence would buy such a wench, As either you or your daughter Jane.*
— Middlesex (from Mrs. Pocklington-Coltman's maid).
XL There came a king from Spain, To court your daughter Jane.
My daughter Jane, she's yet too young To be deluded by a flattering tongue.
Whether she's old, or whether she's young, It's for her beauty she must come.
Then turn about, her coat is thin, And seek the fairest of your right.
The fairest one that I can see Is fair and lovely Jan-ie.
* Incomplete, there is more of the game, but the maid could not remember it.







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