560 The Book of Indoor and Outdoor Games
"You nor I, nor nobody knows Where oats, pease, beans, and barley grows." "The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker, All jumped out a roasted potato." "With a rowley, powley, gammon and spinach."
"Hickety, pickety, my pretty hen." "When I was a bachelor, I lived by myself, And all the bread and cheese I got I put upon the shelf." "A bag-pudding the King did make And stuffed it well with plums." .
Fruit "Oranges and lemons Said the bells of St. Clemens." "You shall have an apple, You shall have a plum." "One, two, three, how good you be, I love coffee, and you love tea." Jack-Horner Pie (with favours) Most of the guests were mothers, and the familiar saws brought visions of rosy, dimpled little faces and bright, laughing eyes that served admirably the purpose of illustration.
Should other hostesses find the "motif" suggestive, the "menu" may be varied. Mother Goose spreads an abundant table. The plum-pudding might be well replaced by something more seasonable, as, for instance, the dish to the toothsomeness of which appeal was made by the wealthy suitor to the peasant girl who was no longer to work, but
"Sit on a cushion and sew a fine seam, And feed upon strawberries, sugar, and cream." Representative luxuries!