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DORSETSHIRE CHILDREN’S GAMES, ETC.

Also the following:

“Rain, rain, go away.
 Come again another day,
 —— and I want to play.”
 [A—— B—— wants to play.]

“Great A, little a,
 Bouncing B,
 The cat’s in the cupboard,
 And can’t see me.”

A common amusement is to tap the forehead of a young child whilst saying:

“Knock at the door,
 And peep in;
   (Pulling lip the eyelids.)
 Lift up the latch,
   (Raising up its nose.)
 And walk in.”
   (Putting a finger into its mouth.)

Sometimes it is repeated in this form :

“Knock at the door.
   (Tapinng the forehead.)
 Ring at the bell,
   (Pulling a lock of hair, or sometimes an ear.)
 Lift up the latch,
   (Raising the nose.)
 And walk in.
   (Putting a finger in the mouth.)
 [or, Peep in.]
   (Lifting up the eyelids.)

A similar and equally common amusement practised on a young child or infant to its invariable and infinite delight, was to take hold of its toes, one by one, beginning at the big toe, and say:

“This little pig went to market.
 This little pig stayed at home,
 This little pig had roast beef,
 This little pig had none,
 This little pig cried, wee! wee! wee! all the way home.”