The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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This is interesting, as a possible fragment of the old Keys of Canterbury [Halliwell's " Nursery Rhymes," No. cccclxvi.] and of the Paper of Pins, described so fully by Mr. Newell in " Games and Songs of American Children," pp. 5I-55-
See " Keys of Heaven," ante, p. 437.
Pickie. A form of Hopscotch. [See " Hopscotch," vol. i. pp. 223-227.]
One player commences first by winning the toss. The pick (a small flat stone) is pitched into No. 1 bed. It is then moved out of this first place, backward across the front line, and not otherwise by touching or forcing it with one foot, the other foot being kept up; that is, the player must hop and use the foot on the ground to strike " pick." No line must be touched. If this happens, or if the pick, when being driven towards the pitching line, gets away otherwise than across the front line, the player is " out," and the next boy goes in. All the beds are done likewise, and all must be then done in a reverse wray, beginning with No. 10. The first player who completes the game wins.—Waterville, Co. Kerry (Mrs. B. B. Green).
Poor Widow. [Vol. ii. pp. 62, 63.]
Here's a poor widow from Babylon,
All her sons and daughters are gone.
Come choose to the east, come choose to the west,
Come choose you the very one that you like best.
Now they are married I wish them joy,
Every year a girl and boy.

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