Page:Folk-lore - A Quarterly Review. Volume 16, 1905.djvu/517

From Wikisource
Jump to navigation Jump to search
This page needs to be proofread.

Collectanea. 459

to Scotland used to quiet a fractious child, the soles of its feet being patted the while the rhyme is being repeated —

"John Smith, fallow fine, Can you shoe this horse of mine? Yes indeed and that I can, Jist as weel as any man. Here's a hammer, here's a nail, Caa't in, caa't in, caa't in.

Fit a bit upo' the tae, Tae gar the horsie dim' the brae, Pit a bit upo' the bred, To gar the horsie draw the load, Pit a bit upo' the heel, Tae gar the horsie pad weel. Pad weel, pad weel, pad weel.

Small children are taught a certain amount of regulated move- ment, performing the relative actions mentioned while repeating the following rhyme —

"Tak your right fit in, Pit your left fit out, Tak your left fit in And then turn round about."

(P. 256, after line 12.)

" Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day."

" Rain rain. Go to Spain, John Bain Is wanting you."

" Round about, round about, Round about roost. Up a bit, up a bit. Into a house."

The nurse singing, holds the child's hand while tickling the palm cf it. On the words "up a bit," she moves her fingers up the child's arm, and on the word " house " puts her hand into its arm- pit and tickles it.