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.
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: