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Children's Rhyme-Games - A' the Birdies i the Air

"A' the Birdies i the Air" purely Scotch, is a simpler form merely of "London Bridge." Two players, facing each other, hold up their hands to form an arch, and call the formula:

A the birdies i' the air
Tick-to to my tail.

The others, who may be running about indifferently, decide in time which side they will favour, and when each and all have chosen which champion they will support. and have taken their places at her back, a tug-of-war ensues. Afterwards the victors chase the vanquished, calling, ''Rotten eggs! rotten eggs!'' and the game is ended; to be followed perhaps by:

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