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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A circle is formed, and the children sing the first four lines. One chooses a partner, and they dance round in the ring.
Three Dukes. [Vol. ii. pp. 233-255.]
In a version of the Three Dukes, collected by Dr. A. C. Haddon, the first lines are—
Here comes one duke a riding by, a riding by,
A riding by (repeat).
Rasima, Tasima, Tisima tay;
Pray what is your will, sir ?
My will is to get married.
Will any of my fair daughters do ?
They're all as stiff as pokers.
We can bend as well as you, sir. The duke goes round, chooses one, and sings—
I go to the kitchen, I go to the hall,
I pick the fairest one of all (as previous versions).
—Girton Village, Cambridgeshire (Dr. A. C. Haddon).
Three Knights from Spain. (Vol. ii. pp. 257-279.]
A version of this game called " Gipsies," varies slightly from those previously printed.
Here comes one gipsy come from Spain, To call upon your daughter Jane;
Our daughter Jane is far too young, To be controlled by flattering tongue.
Oh, very well, I must away; I'll call again some other day.
Come back, come back,
Your tails are flag,
And choose the fairest one you see.
The gipsy then chooses a girl from the line of players, and asks her to come. The girl asked replies, " No." Then the gipsy turns round and dances, saying, " Naughty girl, she won't come out (repeat), to help me in my dancing." Again the gipsy asks the girl, when she replies, " Yes," and goes to the gipsy, who says, " Now we have got the flower of May, the

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