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The Celtic Art Coracle Volume 1 Issue 7
Games Children Play - Paddy Graber ( continued)

The children now crowd around, pick Peggy up and carry her around, and then lay her flat on the ground as they sing:

I dreamt I saw a ghost last night,
A ghost last night, a ghost last night,
I dreamt I save a ghost last night,
Under an apple tree.

Peggy gets up and chases the children; the first two she catches become Peggy and her Mother for the next game. Boys liked to play somewhat rougher games like "Red lion" (much like "Red Rover, Red Rover"):

Red lion, red lion,
Come out of your den.
Whoever you catches
Will be one of your men.

They also liked shouts of derision, such as:

Tell tale tit
Your tongue should be split
Every litt1e puppy dog
Will have a little bit.

Or:

Liar, liar,
Your face is on fire-
Your nose is as long
As a telephone wire!

There must be hundreds and hundreds of "counting out." rhymes, and lots of them start with "Eeny, meeny, miny, mo." Here's one from London, England:

 

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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