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Here are Six-and-twenty of us come to have a game,
nd as we come as playmates, you should knon each playmate's name;
We are the ALPHABET, together when'we be,
But we are still much better known when called the
So now we will begin our sport without the least delay,
And sh6w to you what Letters stand for all the games you play.
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My name is A, I stand for the games,
Of which, I am certain, you all know the names: [crow;
" All of a row, bend the bow, shoot at the pigeon and kill the
All the birds of the air, all the fish of the sea,"
When you play at these games, you must then think of me
My name is B, at your eck and ca,
B stands for battledore, bat, and for hall;
From the trap with your bat, the Tennis ball knock,
With your battledore spin up your light shuttlecock.
I beg you'll excuse me for making so free,
Remember, they call me the great bouncing B.
My name is C, for Cricket I stand,
And Cup and Ball also, you play with one hand;
And Come with a whoop, come with a call,
Come with a goodwill, or come not at all."
As good merry games, as any can be.
Remember they all do begin with a C.
My name is D, and I) stands for Drum.
heu playing at Soldiers, it makes the boys come;
stands for Doll, which when good gi possess, [dre s
hey should learn with their needles 4pd threads how to
stands for Dumps, so remember the IT,
Fram all other letters that ever you see.
My name is E, and but one game I know
Yet that game to you, I, with pleasure will show;
It is Even or Odd," you must guess it, to win,
When they cry Jacky Dandy, which hand is it in ?"
And pray, be so kind, though I know but one game,
Among other letters, remember my name.
y name is F, and F stands for Fun,
nd after that young folks are all sure to run;
F for playing at Feasts, at which girls delight,
P for Flying the Garter, and Flying the Kite,
At which you all play with your face full of glee;
Now when you see F, remember that's me.
My name is G, and G stands for Games,
All you can play at, whatever their names;
Such as lords, kings, and queens, what play can be grander
And simple games too, such as "Old Goosey Gander."
But out of the number of games that you see,
G stands for Games, and that G is me.
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H stands for scotch, with long lines and crosses,
H stands for Hunting, and playing at Horses;
H also stands for Hp, Step, and Jump.
H flstnds for Honey Pots," all of a lump.
But I must not he slighted, and put on the shelf,
For while standiirn for others, H stands for himself
I humbly confess that my case is such,
The I is a letter, I don't stand for much ;
I stands for Innings, which all like, no doubt,
For in playing your games, none like to be out :
Not at Touch, Whoop, Forfeits, or any such game,
All like to be in, and I do the same.
My name is J, and J stands for jump,
By which little boys often get a good bump;
By jumping a poet, a gate, ditch, or rail,
Sometimes by Jumping a little Nagtail:
So when among letters the J you should see,
Remember the J, and don't jump over me.
My name is K, and K stands for Kite,
Which, when it don't rain, boys fly a great height;
With a very long tail, and a much longer string,
And K stands for that game, called" Kiss in the Ring,"
So K kindly hopes, when you think of his betters,
You will know K as well as tie rest of the letters.
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Li stands for Lantern, with which boys delight,
To scare silly folks on a dark winter's night,
Made of a turnip, with mouth, nose, and eyes,
And heels over head each simpleton flies
Now when of this mischievous game you hear tell,
Mind L stands for Lantern, and my name is L
1[ stands for Marble, a pretty plaything,
For Lag-out and Three-holes, or Shoot in the lig ;
M stands for May, games you often have seen,
When Chimney-sweeps dance with Old Jack in the Green
I kindly request you will not forget me,
Though mix'd up among other letters 1 be.
N is my name, though I've not much to say,
For' do not know much of the games that 1 play;
But you can't play without me-some games, by this rule,
Such as playing at Letters, or keeping a School.
And N is a letter you can't do without-
I shall be known when wanted, I have little doubt.
I beg to inform you, that my name is O,
Which, I dare say, that most of you already know;
In counting for games, the O stands for Out,"
When they cry with a Rottum, Bottom, Dish-clout."
You can't well mistake mefor most children know,
The good-natured face of their old friend, round O.
P stands for Pop-gun, for old Pope and Pole,
P for Pitch at the Cooly, and Pitch in the Hole;
Puss, Puss, give me water, a most harmless pkly,
Which all little girls understand, I dare say.
I've popp'd in among you, and shall do my best,
So remember the P as well as the rest.
My name is Q, I have brought you one game,
But my business here, is to tell you my name;
Q stands for Quoits, a hard game to play,
It's by throwing large rings a very long way.
To remember the Q, sure no one can fail-
Q is just like round 0, with a little pig's tail.
R stands for Racket, and Racing, and Rounds,
And Riddles to puzzle, and Running the Bounds;
And Ringing the Bull, a good merry game,
So, I hope after this, you'll remember my name.
Now do not mistake me for B or for P,
For I've one leg behind, as you plainly see.
My name is S, and S you'll find stand,
For games on the water as well as the land;
S stands for Skating, and Sliding on ice,
S for Swimming and Sailing in summer so nice:
S stands for Skipping with grace and address.
Now be sure to remember my name, crooked S.
My name is T, and T stands for Toys,
Made to amuse good girls and boys;
Teetotum, Tops, any many more such.
T alo stands for that merry game Touch.
Remember all these do begin with a T,
And whenever we meet, you will surely know me.
My name is U, though a long way behind,
Yet for good girls and boys, a game I can find,
Call'd "Up the ladder and down the wall,
A twopenny-loaf won't serve us all."
Now remember I'm U, though you are not me,
But whenever we meet, that you can't fail to see.
V is sorry he cannot begin with one game,
But as V's not in fault, V is not to blame;
V stands for Vaulting, that's jumping up high,
But what game you please, V is willing to try:
And being a playmate, of course he is free,
But of friendship and kindness, you must think of V.
I've come with the rest of my twenty-six friends.
And I hope your attention will make us amends;
I've brought you some fun, and am going to stop,
For W stands for the game Whipping Top.
My name is W, mind, if you please,
That I look just the same as a couple of Vees.
As for X, though he's one of the same twenty-six,
He won't play one game-he's as cross as.Iwvo sticks;
First letter in no English word will X be,
And yet without X, there is no A B C.
To know Mr. X, you can't be at a loss,
For wherever you see him, you see him a cross.
My name is Y, the last letter hut one,
Yet I think I can add a fresh game to your fun;
Y stands for Yatch, a boat smart and trim,
On a fine summer's day, 'tis so pleasant to swim
And still let me hope, in the midst of your fun,
You will not forget Y, the last letter but one.
SThough I come in lag-last, behind all the rest,
I will strive to amuse you, as well as the best;
Z stands for Zany, a strange funny elf,
Zany means fool-I hope not myself.
He will make faces, tumble, and stand on his head,
Which may make you remember the last letter Z.