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Children's Rhymes, Children's Games, Children's Songs, Children's Stories A Book for Bairns and Big Folk   By: (1846-1905)

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A Book for Bairns and Big Folk



Author of "Thistledown," and Editor of "Ballads of Bairnhood," "Vagabond Songs and Ballads of Scotland" Etc., etc.

" Auld rhymes and auld chimes Gar us think on auld times " Proverb


Paisley: Alexander Gardner Publisher to the late Queen Victoria: 1904

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In offering to the public this collection of Children's Rhymes, Children's Games, Children's Songs, and Children's Stories the multitudinous items of which, or such, at least, as were not living in my own memory, have been gathered with patient industry, albeit with much genuine delight, from wide and varied sources I anticipate for the work a hearty and general welcome, alike from old and young. It is the first really sincere effort to collect in anything like ample and exclusive fashion the natural literature of the children of Scotland, and meets what has long appealed to me as decidedly a felt want. The earlier pages are occupied with a commentary, textually illustrated, on the generally puerile, but regularly fascinating Rhymes of the Nursery, the vitality and universal use of which have been at once the wonder and the puzzle of the ages. This is followed in turn by a chapter on Counting out Rhymes, with numerous examples, home and foreign; which is succeeded, appropriately, by a section of the work embracing description of all the well known out door and in door Rhyme Games in each case the Rhyme being given, the action being portrayed. The remaining contents the title may be left to suggest. I may only add that the Stories including "Blue Beard," and "Jack the Giant Killer," and their fellow narratives ten in all are printed verbatim from the old chapbooks once so common in the country, but now so rare as to be almost unobtainable.

Essentially a book about children and their picturesque and innocent, though often apparently meaningless, frolics, by the young in the land, I am assured, it will be received with open arms. From the "children of larger growth" those who were once young and have delight in remembering the fact the welcome, if less boisterous, should be not less sincere. Commend to me on all occasions the man or woman who, "with lyart haffets thin and bare," can sing with the poet

"Och hey! gin I were young again, Ochone! gin I were young again; For chasin' bumbees owre the plain Is just an auld sang sung again."


287 ~Onslow Drive~, ~Dennistoun~, ~Glasgow~.



~Rhymes of the Nursery~, 9

~Counting out Rhymes~, 38

~Children's Rhyme Games~, 55

"Merry ma Tanzie," 56

"The Mulberry Bush," 57

"A Dis, a Dis, a Green Grass," 58

"Looby Looby," 59

"I Dree I Droppit it," 60

"Bab at the Bowster," 61

"The Wadds," 63

"The Wadds and the Wears," 65

"The Widow of Babylon," 68

"London Bridge," 69

"The Jolly Miller," 70

"Willie Wastle," 70

"Oats and Beans and Barley," ... Continue reading book >>

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