Children's Rhymes. Children's
Games, Children's Songs, Children's Stories
A, B, C.
"A B C " is a spirited
game, admirably adapted for indoor practice on a wet day, which is
played by children seated round a table, or at the fireside. One sings a
soloa verse of some nursery rhyme. For instance:-
Hey, diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon,
The little dog laughed
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
The chorus of voices
takes up the tune, and the solo is repeated; after which the alphabet is
sung through, and the last letter, Z, is sustained and repeated again
and again, to bother the next child, whose turn it now is to sing the
next solo. The new solo must be a nursery rhyme not hitherto sung by any
of the company. If unable to supply a fresh rhyme within a fixed limit,
the player stands out of the game and pays a forfeit. Less brain-taxing
entertainments often engage adult wits.
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