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

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Many other versions have been sent me, but none with different features. The best is one from Mr. J. G. Carter, Dairy, Galloway, called " Jenny Jo," but presenting no fresh details, and where white is used for the burial. Four children stand on one side with Jenny at their back, the other players on the opposite. She is buried with great mourning. In a version from Hemsby (Mrs. Haddon) the words are the same, except: "White is the colour for weddings," and black is for funerals. Then Jenny is carried to the grave, the other children walking behind two by two; they kneel round Jenny, and have a good cry over her. Another version from Laurieston School (Mr. J. Lawson), called " Jerico," very similar to above, gives two additional verses. The first lines are, " Carry a poor soldier to the grave," and " Now the poor mother's weeping at the grave." In one version, after Jenny has been carried to her grave, the children stand round and sprinkle earth over her, and say, " Dust and dust, dust and dust," and then pretend to strew flowers. This I got in London. Another version from North Scotland begins, " I come to see Geneva/' continues in usual way until "she is lying" instead of "ill"; then "she's dying," followed by " she's dead"; then the funeral. In another version Dr. Haddon sent me, the game is only a fragment. After "Jenny Jo's dead and gone, all the day long," they continue, " Pipes and tobacco for Jenny Jo" (repeat twice), " Pipes and tobacco for Jenny Jo, all the day long."
Jockie Rover. [See "Stag," vol. ii. pp. 212, 374.]
One is chosen to be Rover, and a place is marked off called "The Den," from which he starts, and to which he and the others caught can run for protection. He has to clasp his hands and set off in pursuit of one of the players, whom he must crown without unclasping his hands. Before he leaves the den he calls outó
Jockie Rover,
Three times over,
If you do not look out,
I'll gie you a blover. When he catches one he unclasps his hands, and makes for







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