The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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286                               THREE SAILORS
and then " kings," and ends in the same way as the preceding version.]                              —Swaffham, Norfolk (Miss Matthews).
V. Here come three sailors, three by three, A courting your daughter, Caroline Mee; [Some would sing it " Because your daughter "] Can we have a lodging here to-night ?
Sleep, daughter, do not wake,
Here's three sailors we can't take;
You cannot have a lodging here to-night.
Here come three soldiers, three by three, A courting your daughter, Caroline Mee; Can we have a lodging here to-night ?
Sleep, daughter, do not wake, Here's three soldiers we can't take; You cannot have a lodging here to-night.
[This is repeated for " kings," and the game ends as in the previous versions. " Three " hundred pounds being substituted for "five."]                                    —Deptford, Kent (Miss Chase).
VI. Here come some travellers three by three, And down by a door they bend their knee. " Can we get lodgings here ? " The fairest one that I can see
Is pretty little----------, come to me,
And you'll get lodgings here—
" Will you come ? " " Yes," or " No ! "
Isle of Man (A. W. Moore).
(c) The players form in two lines, and stand facing one another. One line consists of a mother and daughters. The other of the suitors. The mother stands a little in advance of her daughters. They remain stationary during the game, the mother alone singing the words on her side. The suitors advance and retire in line while singing their verses. The mother turns partly round when singing the two first lines of her verses addressing her daughters, and then faces the suitors when singing to them the remaining two lines. When she accepts the " kings " she







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