Girls and boys come out to play

October 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

Girls and boys come out to play,
The moon doth shine as bright as day,
Leave your supper and leave your sleep,
And join your playfellows in the street.

Come with a whoop and come with a call,
Come with a good will or not at all,
Up the ladder and down the wall,
A penny loaf will feed us all.

An old and lovely tune, which evokes childhood in the subconcious of english culture, even if you don’t remember the words exactly (and anyway there are, as usual, quite a variety of words). It dates from the early 1700s and Wikipedia suggests that it refers to a time when children were expected to work during the day and play was reserved for evening, an idea which surprises the kids I sing it to now.

 

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