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A' the Birdies. [See "All the Birds," vol. i. p. 2 ; " Oranges and Lemons," vol. ii. pp. 25-35.]
A' the birdies i' the air Tick tae to my tail. A contest game of the oranges and lemons class. Two players, who hold hands and form the arch, call out the formula, and the other players, who are running about indifferently, go one by one to them and decide, when asked, which side they will favour, and stand behind one or the other.
After the tug the side which has lost is called "Rotten eggs, rotten eggs."—Aberdeen (Rev. Dr. Gregor).
All the Boys. [Vol. i. pp. 2-6.]
Two versions of this game, one from Howth and another from St. Andrews, sent me by Miss H. E. Harvey, do not differ sufficiently from the versions i. and ii. printed as above to be given here in full.
The St. Andrews game, after the line,
" I love you, and you love me " (as printed in vol. i. version ii.), continues—
When we get married, I hope you will agree,
I'll buy the chest of drawers, you'll buy the cradle.
Rock, rock, bubbly-jock,
Send her upstairs, lay her in her bed,
Send for the doctor before she is dead.
In comes the doctor and out goes the clerk,
In comes the mannie with the sugarally hat.
Oh, says the doctor, what's the matter here ?
Oh, says Johnny, I'm like to lose my dear.
Oh, says the doctor, nae fear o' that.