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[Children hunting bats.]
BAT, bat (clap hands),
And I'll give you a slice of bacon ;
And when I bake,
I'll give you a cake,
If I am not mistaken.
[THIS is acted by two or more girls, who walk or dance up and down, turning, when they say, "turn, cheeses, turn.” The
'green cheeses," as I am informed, are made with sage and potatoe-tops. Two girls are said to be "cheese and cheese."]
GREEN cheeses, yellow laces,
Up and down the market-places,
[Two of the strongest children are selected, A and B. within a ring of the children, B being outside.]
A. Who is going round my sheepfold?
B. No, no more I will, only by one,
Up, says Jacky Lingo. (Strikes one.)
[The child struck leaves the ring, and takes hold of B behind; B in the same manner takes the other children, one by one, gradually increasing his tail on each repetition of the verses, until he has got the whole. A then tries to get them back; B runs away with them; they try to shelter themselves behind B; A drags them off, one by one, setting them against a wall, until he has recovered all. A regular tearing game, as children say.]
[CHILDREN stand round, and are counted one by one by means of this rhyme, which I have already given in a different form at p. 89. The child upon whom the last number falls is out, for "Hide or Seek," or any other game where a victim is required. A cock and bull story of this kind is related of the historian Josephus.]
HICKORY (1), Dickory (2), Dock (3),
The mouse ran up the clock (4),
The clock struck one (5),
The mouse was gone (6);
O (7), u (8), T (9), spells OUT!
[A number of boys and girls stand round one in the middle, who repeats the following lines, counting the children until one is counted out by the end of the verses.]
RING me (1), ring me (2), ring me rary (3),
As I go round (4), ring by ring (5),
A virgin (6) goes a maying (7),
Here's a flower (8), and there's a flower (9),
you set your foot awry (11),
[The child upon whom (14) falls, is then taken out and forced to select one of the opposite sex. The middle child then proceeds.]
This [lady or gentleman] is none of ours, Has put [his or her] self in [the selected child's] power, So clap all hands, and ring all bells, and make the wedding o'er. [All clap hands.]
[If the child taken by lot joins in the clapping, the selected child is rejected, and, I think, takes the middle place. Otherwise, I think, there is a salute.]
Which is the way to London town?
One foot up, and the other down,
And that is the way to London town.
I caught a hare alive;
6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
I let him go again.
HIGHTY Cock O!
To London we go,
To York we ride;
And Edward has pussy-cat tied to his side;
He shall have little dog tied to the other,
And then he goes trid trod to see his grandmother.
SEE-SAW, jack a daw,
What is a craw to do wi' her;
She has not a stocking to put on her,
And the craw has not one for to gi' her.
[Another version of No. 219.]
As I go round ring by ring,
A maiden goes a maying,
And here's a flower and there's a flower,
Gentle John will make you cry;
If you set your
Gentle John will give you a good kiss.
ONE old Oxford ox opening oysters;
Two tee totums totally tired of trying to trot to Tad
Three tall tigers tippling ten-penny tea;
Four fat friars fanning fainting flies;
Five frippy Frenchmen foolishly fishing for flies;
Six sportsmen shooting snipes!
Seven Severn salmons swallowing shrimps;
Eight Englishmen eagerly examining Europe;
Ten tinkers tinkling upon ten tin tinder-boxes with ten tenpenny tacks ;
Eleven elephants elegantly equipt;
Twelve typographical topographers typically translating
[A stands with a row of girls (her daughters) behind her; B, a suitor advances.]
B. TRIP trap over the grass; If you please will you let one of your [eldest] daughters come,
Come and dance with me?
I will give you pots and pans, I will give you brass,
B. I will give you gold and silver, I will give you
I will give you anything for a pretty girl.