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

With Tunes(sheet music), Singing-rhymes(lyrics), Methods Of Playing with diagrams and illustrations.

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The king sent his lady on the thirteenth Yule day, Three stalks o' merry corn, three maids a-merry dancing, Three hinds a-merry hunting, an Arabian baboon, Three swans a-merry swimming, Three ducks a-merry laying, a bull that was brown, Three goldspinks, three starlings, a goose that was grey, Three plovers, three partridges, a papingo-aye; Wha learns my carol and carries it away ?
— Chambers's Pop. Rhymes, p. 42.
III. My lady's lap dog,
Two plump partridges and my lady's lap dog;
Three grey elephants, two plump partridges and my
lady's lap dog ; Four Persian cherry trees, three grey elephants, &c.; Five Limerick oysters, four Persian cherry trees, &c. ; Six bottles of frontignac, &c. ; Seven swans a-swimming, &c, Eight flip flap, floating fly boats, &c.; Nine merchants going to Bagdad, &c.; Ten Italian dancing-masters going to teach ten Arabian
magpies how to dance, &c.; Eleven guests going to celebrate the marriage of the
Princess Baldroulbadour with the Prince of Terra-
del-Fuego, &c.; Twelve triumphant trumpeters triumphantly trumpeting
the tragical tradition of Telemachus.
—London (A. B. Gomme).
IV. Twelve huntsmen with horns and hounds, Hunting over other men's grounds ! Eleven ships sailing o'er the main, Some bound for France and some for Spain; I wish them all safe home again. Ten comets in the sky, Some low and some high; Nine peacocks in the air, I wonder how they all come there, I do not know and I do not care.

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