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 first, and should stand quite still. All the rest walk round this tallest one, singing—
Wind up the bush faggot, and wind it up tight,
Wind it all day and again at night,
to the first part of the tune given — that in three-eight time.
This is to be repeated until all the players are wound round
the centre or tallest player, in a tight coil. Then they all
sing-Stir up the dumplings, the pot boils over,
to the second part of the tune in 2-4 time. This is repeated, all jumping simultaneously to the changed time, until there is a general scrimmage, with shrieking and laughter, and a break up. The players should look somewhat like a watch
springAs soon as the last one is wound up, no
matter in what part of the 3-8 time music they may be, they leave off and begin to jump up and down, and sing to the 2-4 music.—Essex (Miss Dendy).
This game is called ''Wind up the Watch " in Wolstanton, North Staffordshire Potteries, and is played in the same manner. The words are only, "Wind up the Watch," and are said. When all the players are wound up they begin to unwind, saying, "Unwind the Watch."—Miss Bush. Called "Wind up Jack " in Shropshire. It is the closing game of any play­time, and was played before " breaking-up" at a boys' school at Shrewsbury, 1850-56. The players form a line hand in hand, the tallest at one end, who stands still; the rest walk round and round him or her, saying, "Wind up Jack ! Wind up Jack!" (or at Ellesmere, " Roll up the tobacco-box "), till "Jack" is completely imprisoned. They then "jog up and down," crying, "A bundle o' rags, a bundle o' rags!"—Ber-rington, Ellesmere (Shropshire Folk-lore, p. 521).
In Scotland the game is known as " Row-chow-Tobacco;" a long chain of boys hold each other by the hands: they have one standing steadily at one of the extremities, who is called the Pin. Round him the rest coil like a watch chain round the cylinder, till the act of winding is completed. A clamorous
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