: NURSERY GAMES
: Popular Rhymes And Nursery Tales
And little gap.
These lines are said to a very young child, touching successively for
each line the eye, nose, chin, tooth, tongue, and mouth. Sometimes the
following version is used:
The most pleasing amusement of this kind is the game of "face-tapping,"
the nurse tapping each feature as she sings these lines,--
Here sits the lord mayor (forehead),
Here sit his two men (eyes);
Here sits the cock (right cheek),
Here sits the hen (left cheek).
Here sit the little chickens (tip of nose),
Here they run in (mouth);
Chinchopper, chin (chucking the chin)!
Similar songs are common in the North of Europe. A Danish one is given
by Thiele, iii. 130:
Dikke, dikke, dik.
Dikke, dikke, dik!
The nurse, while repeating the last line, tickles the child under the
chin. A German version, now common at Berlin, is printed by M. Kuhn, in
his article on Kinderlieder, p. 237:
Ziep ziep Maraenechen.
The following lines are repeated by the nurse when sliding her hand down
the child's face:
My mother and your mother
Went over the way;
Said my mother to your mother,
It's chop-a-nose day!