: ALPHABET RHYMES
: Popular Rhymes And Nursery Tales
The operation of counting-out is a very important mystery in many
puerile games. The boys or girls stand in a row, and the operator begins
with the counting-out rhyme, appropriating a word to each, till he comes
to the person who receives the last word, and who is accordingly "out."
This operation is continued till there is only one left, who is the
individual chosen for the hero of the game, whatever it may be. The
lowing verses are selected from a host of rhymes employed for this
Pen and eevy.
Pen and ink;
A study, a stive,
A stove, and a sink!
Ten and eleven:
Must be gone;
O-U-T spells out.
[Something similar to this is found in Swedish, Arwidsson, iii. 492:
Gack du din lange man veck,
Igdum, digdum, didum, dest,
Cot-lo, we-lo, wi-lo, west;
Cot pan, must be done,
Twiddledum, twaddledum, twenty-one!
A bomun D.