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XXII. Wall-flowers, wall-flowers, growing up so high, All you young ladies will soon have to die; Excepting------, and she's the best of all.
She can dance, she can skip, she can turn the
mangle quick; Hi, ho! fie for shame ! turn your back to the wall
again. —Cambridge (Mrs. Haddon).
XXIII. Wally, wally wall-flower, growing up so high, We are all maidens, and we shall die;
All except the youngest one, and that is [child's
name]. Choose for the best, choose for the worst, Choose the one that you love best.
Now you're married, I wish you joy, First a girl and then a boy, Seven years after son and daughter, Now, young couple, kiss together.
—Hersham, Surrey (Folk-lore Reco?'d, v. 84).
XXIV. Wally, wally wall-flowers, Growing up so high ; We're all ladies,
We shall all die.
She's the only one ;
She can hop, she can skip,
She can play the herald,
Fie ! fie ! fie for shame !
Turn your back to the wall again.
—Deptford, Kent (Miss Chase).
XXV. Water, water wall-flower, Growing up so high ; We are all maidens, And we must all die.
------is the youngest,
She must kick,
And she must fling,