The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
& Ireland In Dictionary Form - Volume 2

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428                                       ADDENDA
And you shall have a young gudeman, To dance ere you're forsaken.
The bells shall ring,
The birds shall sing, And we'll all clap hands together.
Green Grass. [A game so called by Dr. Gregor, but apparently not belonging to the one usually known under that name.] The girls stand in a line, and one stands in front. All sing— Green grass suits us, As my boots are lined with silver;
E. I. O, E. I. O, my ain bonnie (a girl's Christian name). The girl in front then chooses the girl named, and both girls join hands and wheel round, whilst all sing—
I kissed her once, I kissed her twice,
I kissed her three times over.
Hop, hop, the butcher's shop,
I cannot stay any longer.
If I stay my mother will say
I played with the boys up yonder.
—Tyrie (Rev. Dr. Gregor). Another version is—
Green grass set her fair, a bunch of gold and silver,
A white rosette upon her breast, a gold ring on her finger,
A I O, my Jessie O; I wish I had my Jessie O.
I kissed her once, &c, as above.
Heap the Cairn. [See " More Sacks to the Mill," vol. i. p. 390.]
One boy is thrown flat on the ground, then another is
thrown over him, and then another and another, and the bigger
boys dash the smaller ones on those that are down, while all
keep shouting—
Heap the cyarn—
Dirt and sharn.
—Keith (Rev. Dr. Gregor).
Hear all! Let me at her.
Hear all! let me at her;
Hear all! let me go; Hear all! let me at her,
When my mammy will or no.







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