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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few feet, leaving just as much room as to allow the player scope to fall and spring again. This mode requires consider­able agility and practice. The higher the leap, so much the greater the fun.—Keith (Rev. Dr. Gregor.)
London Bridge. [Vol. i. pp. 333-350.]
In the following versions of the game only the first lines of each verse are given, as said by each side. Descriptions of method of playing were not in all cases sent me. They are probably the same as those given under this game in vol. i., which is for two players to form an arch by holding up their joined hands, and the other players running under it.
(1.) London Bridge is falling down, &c, my fair lady. What will it take to build it up ? &c. Needles and pins will build it up, &c. Needles and pins will not hold, &c. Bricks and mortar will build it up, &c. Bricks and mortar will wash away, &c. Silver and gold will build it up, &c. Silver and gold will be stolen away, &c. We will set a watchman to watch all night, &c. What if the watchman falls asleep, &c. We will set a dog to bark, &c. See the robbers passing by, &c. What have the robbers done to you ? &c. They have broke my locks and stole my gold, &c. Off to prison they must go, &c. What will you take to set them free ? &c.
—Perth (Rev. Dr. Gregor).
(2.) London Bridge is broken down, Build it up with lime and stone; Lime and stone will build and break ; Set an old man to watch all night. Perhaps this man will run away, Ten times the wedding day.
—Tyrie (Rev. Dr. Gregor).

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