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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He who speaks first, or laughs first, or lats (lets) their teeth be seen, gets nine nips, nine nobs, an* nine double douncornes, an' a gueed blow on the back o' the head.—Corgarff (Rev. Dr. Gregor).
Eendy, Beendy.
Eendy, Beendy, baniba, roe,
Caught a chicken by the toe;
To the east, to the west,
To the old crow's nest,
Hopping in the garden, swimming in the sea,
If you want a pretty girl, please take me.
—N. Scotland, locality forgotten (Rev. Dr. Gregor).
One girl dances forward from a line of children singing the words. Another from a line opposite responds, and they dance together. They look first to the east and then to the west by turning their heads in those directions alternately.
Farmer's Den, The.
All players but one form a ring, this one stands in the centre. The ring dances round singing the words— The farmer in his den, the farmer in his den, For it's oh, my dearie, the farmer's in his den. For the farmer takes a wife, For the farmer takes a wife; For it's oh, my dearie, the farmer takes a wife. The child in centre then chooses one from the circle, who goes in the middle, and the ring dances round again singing—
For the wife takes a child, &c. (as above). And choosing another child from the ring, then—
For the child takes a nurse, &c. (as above), For the nurse takes a dog, &c. (as above). Then all the players join in singing— For we all clap the dog, For we all clap the dog. For it's oh ! my dearie, we all clap the dog. While singing this all the players pat the one who was chosen as "dog" on his or her back.—Auchencairn, N.B. (Mary Haddon).

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