The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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382                                        WIDOW
Love one another like sister and brother, And now, young couple, come kiss together.
—Bexley Heath (Miss Morris.)
IV. One poor widow is left all alone, all alone, all alone, Choose the worst, and choose the best, And choose the one that you like best.
Now she's married I wish her joy, Her father and mother she must obey, Love one another like sisters and brothers, And now it's time to go away.
Suffolk County Folk-lore, p. 67.
V. One poor widow was left alone,
She had but one daughter to marry alone; Come choose the worst, come choose the best, Come choose the young girl that you like best.
—Maxey, Northants (Rev. W. D. Sweeting).
VI. Here's a poor widow she's left alone, She has got nothing to marry upon; Come choose to the east, come choose to the west, Come choose the one that you love best.
Now they're married, we wish them joy, Every year a girl and a boy; Seven years old, seven years to come, Now kiss the couple, and that's well done.
—Auchterarder, N.B. (Miss E. S. Haldane).
(b) The children form a ring by joining hands. One player stands in the centre. The ring dance round singing the first verse; the widow then chooses one player from the ring, who goes into the centre with her, and the ring dances round singing the second part. The one first in the centre then joins the ring, and the second player becomes the widow and chooses in her turn.
. This belongs to the marriage group of Kiss in the Ring games. Northall (English Folk Rhymes, p. 374), gives a version similar to the above.
See " Kiss in the Ring," " Poor Widow," " Sally Water," " Silly Young Man."

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