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

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CHILDREN'S GAMES
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games has been in the direction of increasing the rules or laws of a game, introducing thereby so much variety that it is diffi­cult to recognise them as descendants of the dramatic originals. This has probably been the result of their use in school play­grounds, while the girls' dramatic games, not being utilised as a means of exercise, have been left alone, and are dying a natural death.
It will be convenient if, at this point, the games are classified as I shall use them in discussing the question of origin. The first necessary classification will relate to the incidents which show the customs and rites from which the games have de­scended ; the second classification will relate to the dramatic force of the games, as it is from this that I hope to construct the ladder by which the game can be shown to have descended from a long past stage of culture.
The classification, according to incident, is as follows, the name of each game referring to the title-name in the dictionary :—
MARRIAGE GAMES.
All the Boys.
Babbity Bowster.
Cushion Dance.
Down in the Valley.
Galley, Galley, Ship.
Glasgow Ships.
Hear all! let me at her.
Here comes a Virgin.
Here's a Soldier left alone.
Here stands a Young Man.
Isabella.
Jolly Miller.
King William.
Kiss in the Ring.
Mary mixed a Pudding.
Merry-ma-tanza.
Nuts in May.
Oats and Beans.
Oliver, Oliver, follow the King.
Pretty little Girl of Mine.
Queen Anne.
Rosy Apple.
Round and round the Village.
Sally Water.
Silly Old Man, he walks alone.
Three Dukes.
Three Knights.
Three Sailors.
Widow.
COURTSHIP AND LOVEMAKING GAMES.
Curly Locks.
Dig for Silver.
Gallant Ship.
Here comes a Lusty Wooer.
Here I sit on a Cold Green Bank.
Hey Wullie Wine.
Jolly Hooper.
Jolly Sailors.
Knocked at the Rapper.
Lady on the Mountain.
Paper of Pins.
Pray, pretty Miss.







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