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Children's Rhymes. Children's Games, Children's Songs, Children's Stories
A Book for Bairns and Big Folk by Robert Ford (1904)


Preface

In offering to the public this collection of Children's Rhymes, Children's Gaines, 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 Muzzle 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, `1 with lyart haffets thin and bare," can sing with the poet-

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

ROBERT FORD

287 Onslow Drive,
Dennistoun,
Glasgow.

Contents

Rhymes of the Nursery

Counting-Out Rhymes

Children's Rhyme-Games
Merry-ma-Tanzie
The Mulberry Bush
A Dis, a Dis, a Green Grass
Looby Looby
I Dree I Droppit it
Bab at the Bowster
The Wadds
The Wadds and the Wears
The Widow of Babylon
London Bridge
The Jolly Miller
Willie Wastle
Oats and Beans and Barley
Hornie Holes
The Craw
Neevie-neevie-nick-nack
Blind Man's Buff
Water Wallflower
The Emperor Napoleon
A' the Birdies i the Air
Through the Needle-e'e, Boys
King Henry
The Blue Bird
When I was a Young Thing
Carry my Lady to London
A, B, C.
My Theerie and my Thorie
Glasgow Ships
Airlie's Green
Het Rowes and Butter Cakes
Queen Mary
Whuppity Scoorie
Hinkumbooby
Three Brethren come from Spain
Here Comes a Poor Sailor from Botany Bay
Janet Jo
The Goloshans

Children's Songs and Ballads
Cock Robin
The Marriage of Cock Robin and Jenny Wren
The North Wind
Little Bo-Peep
The House that Jack Built
Simple Simon
Old Mother Hubbard
Old Mother Goose
The Old Woman and her Pig
A Frog be would a-wooing go
The Carrion Crow
My Pretty Maid
Can ye Sew Cushions?
Hush-a-ba Birdie, Croon
Dance to your Daddie
Katie Beardie
The MiIler's Dochter
Hap and Row
How Dan, Dilly Dow
Crowdie
Whistle, whistle, Auld Wife
The Three Little Pigs
Cowe the Nettle early
The Wren's Nest
Robin Redbreast's Testament

Children's Humour and Quaint Sayings

Schoolroom Facts and Fancies

Children's Stories
Blue Beard
Jack and the Bean-Stalk
The Babes in the Wood
Jack the Giant Killer
Little Red Riding Hood
Cinderella; or, the Little Glass Slipper
Puss in Boots
Whittington and his Cat
Beauty and the Beast
The Sleeping Beauty

Tales from Scottish Ballads (text file)


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