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DORSETSHIRE CHILDREN’S GAMES, ETC.

dividual was determined by all standing in a ring while one within repeated the following nonsense, touching a boy in succession at every word; and so going round and round the circle, when the one on whom the last word fell was “he.”

One-ry, oo-ry, ick-ry, an,
Bipsy, bopsy, Solomon San. 

[Little Sir Jan.]

Queery, quawry,
Virgin Mary,
Nick, tick, tolomon tick,
O. U. T. out,
Rotten, totten, dish-clout,
Out jumps ‘He.’ ”

The following are some further examples which I have obtained from various sources.

Hoky, poky, wangery, fum,
Polevee(?), kee, ky, balum, kum,
Wungery, fungery, wingery, wum,
King of the Cannibal Islands.”

One a zoll, zen a zoll, zig a zoll, zan,
Bobtail vinegar, tittle tol tan,
Harum scarum, Virgin Marum,

Blindfold.”

Onery, youery, ickery, Ann,
Phillisy, phollissy, Nicholas Jan,
Queeby, quanby, Irish Mary,

Buck.”[1]

Onery, twory, Dickery, Davy,
Harry mo crackery, nickery, navy,
Usque(?) dandum, merry cum time,
Humbledy, bumbledy, twenty-nine.”

Hokey, pokey, winkey, wum,
How d’ye like your tëaties done?
All to pieces, that’s the fun—
Can’t ye now jest gie I wone?”


  1. Conf. a Romany variant of this one quoted in Mr. Bolton’s book (ante).