The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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WITCH, THE
Mother then goes away, does not find them, and comes back asking—
Have you seen my children ?
W. Yes, they are gone to church.
Mother again goes away, does not find them, and comes back asking—
Have you seen my children ?
W. They are having dinner—you can't see them.
Mother again goes away, does not find them, and comes back asking—
Have you seen my children ?
W. They are in bed.
M. Can't I go up and see them ?
IV. Your shoes are too dirty.
M. Can't I take them off?
W. Your stockings are too dirty.
M. Can't I take them off ?
W. Your feet are too dirty.
M. Can't I cut them off?
W. The blood would run on the floor.
M. Can't I wrap them up in a blanket ?
W. The fleas would hop out.
M. Can't I wrap them up in a sheet ?
IV. The sheet is too white.
M. Can't I ride up in a carriage ?
W. You would break the stairs down.
The children then burst out from behind the Witch and they and the Mother run after her, crying out, " Burn the Old Witch." They continue chasing the Witch till she is caught, and the child who succeeds in catching her, takes the part of the Witch in the next game.—Dartmouth (Miss Kimber).
The children choose from their party an Old Witch (who is supposed to hide herself) and a Mother. The other players are the daughters, and are called by the names of the week. The Mother says that she is going to market, and will bring home for each the thing that she most wishes for. Upon this they all name something. Then, after telling them upon no account to allow any one to come into the house, she gives her







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