The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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316                 TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
The eighth day of Xmas, my true love sent to me
Eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying, five gold rings,
Four colly birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and
A partridge in a pear-tree.
The ninth day of Xmas, my true love sent to me
Nine drummers drumming, eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying,
Five gold rings, four colly birds, three French hens,
Two turtle doves, and
A partridge in a pear-tree.
The tenth day of Xmas, my true love sent to me
Ten pipers piping, nine drummers drumming,
Eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying, five gold rings,
Four colly birds, three French hens,
Two turtle doves, and
A partridge in a pear-tree.
The eleventh day of Xmas, my true love sent to me
Eleven ladies dancing, ten pipers piping,
Nine drummers drumming, eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying,
Five gold rings, four colly birds,
Three French hens, two turtle doves, and
A partridge in a pear-tree.
The twelfth day of Xmas, my true love sent to me Twelve lords a-leaping, eleven ladies dancing, Ten pipers piping, nine drummers drumming, Eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, Six geese a-laying, five gold rings, Four colly birds, three French hens, Two turtle doves, and A partridge in a pear-tree.
—Halliwell's Nursery Rhymes cccxlvi.
II. The king sent his lady on the first Yule day, A papingo-aye [a peacock] ; Wha learns my carol and carries it away ?







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