By Dan Beard
Among the many notes made for this chapter there are some for the explanation of which it was evidently intended that the memory should supply the data. But in the case of the following verse memory has failed to do its duty. The lines, however, make good counting out rhymes with the real swing in them.
One-azall, two a-zall, titter zal zan,
Mr. William Wells Newal gives a verse very similar to the last which he gets from Salem, Mass. It is interesting because it plainly shows that the phrase " One-azall, two a-zall" was originally "One is all, two is all," etc.
One's all, zuzall, titterall, tawn,
There are few of my readers but have either used or heard the following:
Monkey, monkey, bottle of beer,
But I doubt if many of them are familiar with this:
Ane, a-zall tane a-zall titterzall zee,
A Quaint One from Georgia is given in Games and Songs of American Children:
One-amy, nery, hickory,
A gentleman from Cambridge, Mass., gives the following one as a favorite rhyme used when he was a lad some 125 years ago. There is nothing ancient either in the words or in the theme, but it has the elements of popularity which cannot fail to please some of my readers:
Bee, bee, bumble bee,
This Cambridge verse reminds me of one sometimes used in Kentucky:
Ole Dan Tucker clum a tree,
Dan Tucker was also very popular as a dance, and the verse was sung by the dancers.
Another nursery jingle sometimes used for counting out it:
Hickery dickery dock
But this has the genuine swing of the counting rhyme:
Haley, Maley, Tipperley Tig,
And this is a familiar old timer:
Five, six, seven, eight,
Now she leaves the gate, changes her name, and goes to the door;
Susan and Kitty are both left out in the following and Mickey takes their place:
One, two, three,
Mickey had no plate, and evidently it was neither plums nor grapes that bothered him. But a lady from "down East" gives the following in which Kitty takes Mickey's place:
One, two three,
This is evidently a version that has been adapted to fit girl players. In New Haven the boarding-school girls have still another variation. They claim that it was mother who caught the pest:
One, two, three,
But no self-respecting boy will use a girl's verse to count out by. So they may use " Mickey " or " Father" in the place of " Susan," "Kitty," and "Mother," or, better still, take another rhyme, for there are plenty of them. The verse most familiar to the author, because with the boys of his acquaintance it was the most popular, is:
Intry, mintry, pepery corn,
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