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The Celtic Art Coracle Volume 1 Issue 7
Games Children Play - Paddy Graber (continued)
Fig. 48: Cat and Mice From the Book of Kells

As they moved around they sang a song. The "verse" was sung by the girl in the lead; her tune was very close to that of "Bonnie Strathire". The chorus was sung by the rest of the children (but quite a bit faster than the first part) and their tune was, as close as I remember, "The Muckin o' Geordie's Byre"

Girl:
I shall go as a wren in spring,
With sorrow and a sighing on silent wing:
As I shall go in our Lady's name
Until I come to my home again.

Chorus:
We shall follow as falcons grey
And hunt thee cruelly as our prey:
But we shall go in our master's name
Until we fetch thee home again.

Fig. 48: Cat and Mouse From the Book of Kells

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Girl:
Then I shall go as a mouse in May,
In fields by night, in cellars by day;
And I shall go in our Lady's name
Until I come to my home again.

Chorus:
And we shall follow as black tom-cats
And chase thee through the corn and vats;
But we shall go in our master's name
Until we fetch thee home again.

Content: copyright Paddy Graber 1976
 

The Celtic Art Coracle Vol 1
Contents Coracle Press 1983
ISSN 0828-8321 
All Rights Reserved
10.02.01edition
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