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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Off wid the thimble and on wid the ring; A weddin', a weddin', is goin' to begin. O Nannie, O Nannie, O Nannie my joy, Never be ashamed for to marry a boy! For I am but a boy, and I'll soon be a man, And I'll earn for mv Nannie as soon as I can. And every evenin' when he comes home, He takes her for a walk on the Circular Road. And every little girl that he sees passin' by, He thinks 'tis his Nannie he has in his eye.
—Howth, Dublin (Miss H. G. Harvey).
Draw a Pail of Water. [Vol. i. pp. 100-107]. A lump of sugar, Grind your mother's flour, Three sacks an hour, One in a rush, two in a crush,
Pray, old lady, creep under the bush (all jump round). —Girton village, Cambridgeshire (Dr. A. C. Haddon).
Drop Handkerchief. [Vol. i. pp. 109-112; "Black Doggie," vol. ii. p. 407.] As played at Fochabers the game varies slightly in the way it is played from those previously described. The words are— " I dropt it, I dropt it, a king's copper next, I sent a letter to my love, and on the way I dropt it." The players forming the ring are forbidden to look round. The one having the handkerchief endeavours to drop it at some one's back without his or her knowledge, and then to get three times round the ring without being struck by the handkerchief. If the player does not manage this she has to sit in the centre of the ring as " old maid ; " the object in this version evidently is not to let the player upon whom the handkerchief is dropped be aware of it.—Fochabers, N.E. Scotland (Rev. Dr. Gregor).
Dumb Crambo. [See "Hiss and Clap," vol. i. p. 215.]
The players divide into two sides: one side goes outside the room, the other remains in the room, and decides on some

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