The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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Halliwell records two versions (Nursery Rhymes, pp. 61, 68). The words and method of playing are the same as some of those recorded above. There is also a version in Suffolk County Folk­lore, pp. 65, 66, which beginning with u Who's going round my little stony wall ? " after the sheep are all stolen, continues with a dialogue, which forms a part of the game of "Witch." The Rev. W. S. Sykes sends one from Settle, Yorkshire, the words of which are the same as No. XIV., except that the last line has "just one" instead of "buy one." Mr. Newell gives a version played b)' American children.
Widow
I. One poor widder all left alone,
Only one daughter to marry at home,
Chews [choose] for the worst, and chews for the best,
And chews the one that yew [you] love best.
Now you're married, I wish ye good joy,
Ivery year a gal or a boy !
If one 'ont dew, ye must hev tew,
So pray, young couple, kiss te'gither.
—Swaffham, Norfolk (Miss Matthews).
II. Here is a poor widow who is left alone, And all her children married and gone; Come choose the east, come choose the west, Come choose the one you love the best.
Now since you've got married, I wish you joy, Every year a girl and boy; Love one another like sister and brother, I pray you couple come kiss together.
—Perth (Rev. W. Gregor).
III. One poor widow was left alone,
Daughter, daughter, marry at home; Choose the worst, or choose the best, Choose the young gentleman you love best.
Now you are married, I wish you joy, Father and mother, you must obey,







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